Name of the organization/project in the original language:
imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Name of the organization/project in English:
imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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SMIT stands for Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology. Our research group is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and imec. We offer the following services: 1) Living Labs - Involving people in innovation and introducing innovations outside the lab, 2) Market & Policy - Making digital innovations compliant with existing policies and informing policy for sustainable innovation, and 3) Privacy, Ethics & Literacy - Integrating public values into the design and use of innovations. In addition to the methodological expertise mentioned above, our researchers are dedicated to 3 smart application domains: Media, Cities, and Health & Work.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
Our research institution is involved in various Citizen Science research projects, funded by either the Flemish government or by the EU. Current ongoing projects include:
- FloodCitiSense: where consortium partners combine forces to create an early warning service tool for fluvial flooding in the city, made for and by citizens and citizen authorities;
- Eye for Diabetes: within which partners want to enable citizens to support the eye health of diabetes patients by letting them label retina images
- Flamenco: where an open cloud-based and end-user reconfigurable software platform is being developed specifically designed for allowing citizens to create and participate in citizen observatory campaigns.
In addition, we were also involved in the EU-funded project Hackair, where the consortium wanted to enable (communities of) citizens to easily set up air quality monitoring networks for measuring outdoor air pollution levels.
Name of Citizen Science Project:
Flamenco - Flanders Mobile Enacted Citizen Observatories
Brief description of project:
A partnership of five academic partners lead by the Software Languages Lab (SOFT), share the insight that there is on the one hand a high societal demand for citizen observatories, and on the other that the developments of such observatories is labour-intensive, lengthy and requiring of technical expertise. This led us to the idea of building and deploying an end-user reconfigurable citizen observatory platform for Flanders. Through this platform, stakeholders can set up their own citizen observatory targeting a variety of parameters: sensorial parameters (noise, air quality, humidity, …) or behavioural parameters (the flux of people in a public transport system, the tolerance of people w.r.t. traffic delays, contextual assessment such as “I’m sitting on an empty bus”, “I feel unsafe here”, . . . ). The FLAMENCO platform shall integrate tools, techniques and socio-economic insights that allow stakeholders to work around the central notion of a campaign.
The main objective of the 4-year Flamenco project is to create an open cloud-based software platform specifically designed for allowing citizens to create and participate in so-called citizen observatory campaigns. A campaign is defined by stakeholders by specifying what data needs to be collected in order to map and indicate some concern (A in the figure above). Subsequently, the campaign is enacted through the stakeholder’s citizen observatory (B in the figure above), which also monitors campaign progress in terms of incoming data, and orchestrates activities in case progress is not as expected.
Finally, the campaign is analysed by producing the requested output (maps, reports)(C in the figure below). Despite the fact that campaigns constitute a fairly obvious notion, there currently exists only limited support for them. In this project they are essential in bridging the gap between stakeholder usability, data quality, and the well-known intricacies of engineering reconfigurable software.
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