Discover Citizen Science through Open Science

What is citizen sciene?

Citizen Science is the inclusion of members of the public in some aspect of scientific research

The term usually refers to any form of active amature participation in science going beyond professional research. On the other hand

Open Science is an “umbrella term encompassing a multitude of assumptions about the future of knowledge creation and dissemination”, especially regarding technological infrastructure, accessibility of knowledge creation, access to knowledge, measurement of impact and collaborative research.

According to the European Citizen Science Association the adoption of open science approaches and policies can benefit widely Citizen Science by increasing its visibility and opportunities for collaboration, ensuring data persistence, and securing its legacies and impacts in scientific research and policy.

Combining Citizen Science and Open Science will benefit to address grand challenges and respond to diminishing societal trust in science. In addition it will contribute to the creation of common goods and shared resources, and facilitate knowledge transfer between science and society aiming at stimulating innovation.

Beyond the lab
Through the OpenAIRE-Advance project, we will learn, try out and promote Citizen Science pracrtices. We will run a two-phase pilot for schools (reaching out to a network of 10,000 schools in Europe) to show the potential of OpenAIRE as a discovery outlet, and as a platform where students can share scientific data from ongoing H2020 science projects they participate in.
With our partners, EllinoGermaniki Agogi (GR) and Ciência Viva (PT), we will involve educators with the ultimate aim to compile (i) a “lessons learnt” report on how to improve OpenAIRE services to reach the public, and (ii) a roadmap on how OpenAIRE can engage at the local/national level to support a culture of openness around data.

Open Schools Journal for Open Science

Educating students in open science
The newly established “Open Schools Journal for Open Science”, managed by Ellinogermaniki Agogi and supported by the National Data Centre in Greece as well as the Open Schools for Open Societies network (OSOS), is the first European peer review scientific journal created for and curated by students. The Journal accepts original papers written by school age students from Primary to Secondary schools across Europe under the mentoring of their Teachers on all aspects of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Schools Seismic Data

Seismological data gathered by school students
Schools across Europe install their self-made seismographs and study data, do analysis of real situations and real earthquake phenomena in real time.  These schools “act locally but think globally”, developing student projects and activities that are presented publicly and meet local needs, drawing upon local expertise and experience in the community outside of school. The aim is eventually schools to become hubs of information, innovation and education for their communities on the theme of earthquakes risks and prevention mechanisms.

Zenodo integration

Zenodo citizen science
Data collected by the seismographs will be stored in Zenodo, OpenAIRE’s catch-all repository, enabling schools to centrally store their data.  OpenAIRE introduces students across Europe to the notion and the importance of open data.
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