Using citizen science data to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals: a bottom-up analysis
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This article explores whether citizen science data could improve the monitoring of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While the literature has so far studied this issue from the point of view of the UN and national member states, this article gives voice to citizen science organizations, investigating the link between citizen science data and the SDGs from the bottom up. Among other things, this research finds that citizen science projects face deep-rooted barriers with respect to the SDGs: a widespread lack of knowledge of the SDGs, coupled with frustration and political resistance towards the UN, may deter these projects from linking their work to the SDG monitoring apparatus.

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Audience: Researchers & Academics CS Project Leaders & Initiators Policy & Decision Makers
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Year of publication: 2021
Resource DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-01001-1
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