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Expanding our knowledge on Citizen Science through analytics and analysis

Project description

For a better knowledge of citizen science

The role citizen science (CS) plays in modern societies is not entirely understood even though it represents a significant bridge between the general public and the scientific community. CS is research or study conducted mainly by non-scientists while respecting scientific procedures. The EU-funded CS-Track project intends to enrich our knowledge of CS and formulate knowledge-based policy proposals aiming to enable potential benefits for citizens, organisations and society. The project will make extensive use of data from the web and social media and conduct interviews with stakeholders seeking to understand how CS interacts with society and in relation to gender, age, geographical, and social and economic differences. Final proposals intend to improve CS as a constructive factor in EU society and economy.

Objective

The Call focuses on Citizen Science (CS), understanding it in a comprehensive way and inviting projects to deepen and broaden our knowledge on CS activities and their impact. Indeed, overcoming present hurdles on the way to reach that knowledge will enable the potential benefits of CS – on individual citizens, organizations, and society at large – to be realized more effectively and frequently. This is the aim of our proposed project, CS-Track, which will seek this increased knowledge by “observing” a large and diverse set of CS activities, gathering data from the web, interviews of involved players, etc., and from a more direct inspection of running activities. Vast amounts of data will thus be studied, relying for this on (1) web-based analytics, i.e. the use of computational analyses to study CS activities based on their manifestations and traces on the web and social media, and (2) deepening and combining these analyses with approaches known from social studies through multi-perspective analysis and triangulation. Our data analytics and analysis will target both “own” aspects and developments of the CS activities (organizational/operational characteristics, scientific outcomes, good practices, individual/group learning, other success or failure indicators, etc.), and societal aspects, related to the impact of those activities on society, such as gender, age, geographical and socio-economic differences; science as a discipline and its role in society, changing attitudes to science, women in science, etc. This will enable us to understand complex processes, disseminate good practices and formulate knowledge-based policy recommendations intended to optimize CS to make it a major, positive factor for EU’s society and economy. The project will last 36 months, involving 9 partners from 7 countries.

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SwafS-2019-1

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Coordinator

THE MOFET INSTITUTE - THE SCHOOL FOR THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMS IN TEACHER TRAINING AND EDUCATION AT COLLEGES
Net EU contribution
€ 390 087,50
Address
Shoshana persich 15
61484 Tel-aviv
Israel

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Research Organisations
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Other funding
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