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Department of Geo-Information Processing, University of Twente
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Department of Geo-Information Processing, University of Twente
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Research institute
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The department of Geo-information Processing (GIP) deals with the technological and methodological aspects of geo-information processing and infrastructure to solve complex application problems and to develop technology-oriented concepts for the new geo-information society.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?: 
We are currently involved in several citizen science projects. Two prominent examples are: - phenological mapping: we actively collaborate with the Dutch and the USA phenological networks which collect observations provided by thousands of volunteers. - tick mapping: in collaboration with the Dutch national public health institute and Wageningen university with together created a site where volunteers can report tick bites and whether they develop Lyme disease or erythema migrans. We analyze these observations from a spatio-temporal perspective to highlight possible inaccuracies or imprecisions and to create models that assess the impact of climate change on the timing of phenological events and on the expansion of ticks. We also conduct research on: - social media as communication tool: moving beyond mere data collection and establishing a spatially grounded communication with stakeholders - collaborative geo-visual analysis: using web interfaces for engaging citizens in data analysis