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Second Workshop: Defining principles for mobile apps and platforms development in citizen science: Interaction, Interoperability, Innovation


We are pleased to invite you to the second workshop “Defining principles for mobile apps and platforms development in citizen science: Interaction, Interoperability, Innovation” to be held on 25th-27h April in Gothenburg.

In Citizen Science several apps and platforms are being developed to efficiently gather and manage data. Experience shows that there are many pitfalls on the way to a successful product.

In order to address the complexity of app and platform development in citizen science, the first workshop of a planned series “Defining principles of mobile Apps and platforms development for best practice in citizen science: Interaction, Interoperability, Innovation” was held on December 13th- 14th in Berlin. With 46 citizen science practitioners, with different technical and engagement experience and knowledge, we identified and developed principles for best practice in three areas: (1) Interoperability and data standardization; (2) User Interface & Experience Design: Interaction, Mechanisms to support Motivation; (3) Outreach, Learning, Education, and other Rewards of Participation.

In the second three-day workshop we will continue the discussion on principles and guidelines for app and web platform development in citizen science.

On the first day we will have presentations on the results of the first workshop and ongoing activities linked to this process and learn about related relevant efforts such as the data standards developed by the international “Data and metadata working group”. Furthermore, we will hear from the commonalities in natural, social and humanities sciences and learn about the culture of contribution.

We expect to have case studies talks and a poster session about success and failure in development, engagement and user interaction. In working groups we will work on methods how we can foster reuse, share learning experience and track participant’s contributions.

This is an event co-organized by Naturblick, a project of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), and the University of Gothenburg, with the financial support of the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Venue adress: University of Gothenburg, Universitetsplatsen 1, Vasaparken, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden (http://www.gu.se)


Report of the Second Workshop


In order to allow for a broad participation, including the people that can’t be in person in Gothenburg, we want to share with you:

1)      Trello board, where all groups can work at the same time. In that way everybody can see the progress on the principles developed and you can comment on them.

2)      Google folder with relevant publications (feel free to add more) and all the information from the first workshop


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