We envision a web-enabled European Citizen Science facility that opens research supported by the European Union for collaborations with the public. It should re-use existing platforms, methods, tools and services. Our initial investigations concentrate on environmental sciences and sustainability research in order to support the living within the limits of our planet (see also this contribution to the Journal of Brief Ideas).
This activity shall advance science by (i) providing easy access to data, services, models, publications, etc.; (ii) listening to emerging debates and areas of interest; and (iii) enabling deep engagement in scientific processes for anybody interested. Web technologies will be a key element in order to reach a wide audience, enable re-use of available resources in innovative applications, and foster collaboration beyond the physical space.
We hope to address questions such as:
- Which web-tools would allow you to get as involved in science as desired?
- What should be done within Europe in order to support European and non-European citizen?
- What would you expect as the European Commission’s contribution to a Citizen Science Platform?
An Open Research Accelerator at MozFest2015 in London should help to identify and shape expectations, collect potential components and promising approaches, and avoid developments into undesired directions. This first activity of awareness raising and co-design should initiate a collaborative process beyond the event itself.
As part of this outreach, we would like this discussion thread to continue the debate from London and open it up to a wider audience.
You are kindly invited to share your thoughts about the topic, provide answers to the questions above, or propose new ones.