OpenAIRE workshop:University approaches to Citizen Science in the transition to Open Science Institutional opportunities
University approaches to Citizen Science in the transition to Open Science Institutional opportunities and challenges for creating an open and inclusive environment for Research (12th OpenAIRE workshop - 2020)
The potential of Citizen Science is high on the agenda in the discussion on the future of academic research. The European Commission’s Communication “A new ERA for Research and Innovation”, published in September 2020, states that “[...] the engagement of citizens, local communities and civil society will [help] achieve greater social impact and increased trust in science.” Citizens can contribute in diverse ways, ranging from data collection over data analysis to co-designing projects, and thereby bring academic research and its outcomes closer to society.
However, Citizen Science also accentuates ethical and legal questions about ownership of the research process and outcomes, and poses challenges in terms of safeguarding research quality. Addressing these challenges and using the opportunities of Citizen Science will require universities to take the lead and consider the place of Citizen Science within their institutional strategies, as well as the support they offer to research staff.
The workshop will contribute to the following concrete outcomes:
Support universities in their development of institutional strategies on Citizen Science in the transition to Open Science.
Foster a deeper understanding of how universities can use these opportunities and address the challenges of Citizen Science as part of their mission.
Understand how Open Science practices and infrastructures, OpenAIRE in particular, can facilitate and support Citizen Science.
More info: https://www.openaire.eu/university-approaches-to-citizen-science