Citizen Science Starter Kit

Created Sept. 21, 2022, 9:27 a.m.
Updated Aug. 30, 2023, 8:54 a.m.

The ‘citizen science starter kit’ provides information to researchers who are new to citizen science and who are considering initiating a citizen science research (project), regardless of the scientific discipline. It is a how-to guide for beginners, a foundation course, with the most essential information to get started.  

The starter kit consists of different modules: 

  • Module I – Start to learn about citizen science. This first module reflects upon the different terms and characteristics used to describe citizen science. The benefits of citizen science research are listed, and the diversity of the field is illustrated with case studies in all scientific branches and disciplines.  

  • Module II – Determine if citizen science is right for your research. Before you initiate a citizen science project, you should reflect on whether it is suitable for your research. This module provides some reflective questions as well as decision frameworks to figure out the suitability of a citizen science approach. 

  • Module III – Crucial design factors for successful citizen science: This last module presents crucial design factors for planning and developing your citizen science research (project).  

Target audiences 

The ‘citizen science starter kit’ targets researchers who are not yet familiar with citizen science. Maybe you have already heard about citizen science, but you do not know exactly what it entails or how to start with it. Therefore, the citizen science starter kit is entry level, and does not require any previous knowledge or skills in citizen science.   

The starter kit targets researchers in any research discipline. Anyone is able to apply the starter kit in their domain. To enable this, the starter kit highlights examples from various scientific branches.

Publish information

Publisher:Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Year of publication: 2022

Links with projects and/or organisations

Sept. 21, 2022, 8:16 a.m.

Training information

Time required: 6.0 hours
Conditions of access: None
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