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Citizen Science and Open Science

The adoption of open science approaches and policies can benefit citizen science by increasing its visibility and opportunities for collaboration, ensuring data persistence, and securing its legacies and impacts in scientific research and policy. At the same time, citizen science is an approach to make research in its many facets more participatory. Hence, this working group will seek to:

  • Explore interrelations between Citizen Science and Open Science
  • Foster exchange of experience and gathering of good practice at the intersections between Citizen Science and Open Science
  • Channel opportunities for the CS community toward engaging in regional policy processes on how Citizen Science is addressed as part of Open Science, in cooperation with policy engagement work such as DITOs
  • Help reduce technical, legal and other barriers that keep ECSA members and their partners from adopting open science policies and approaches that maximize the long-term impact of their programmes

See below what we are currently doing and who is involved. And plesae do get in touch if you are interested in contributing!


  • Kyle Copas, GBIF
  • Claudia Göbel, ECSA, DITOs
  • Soledad Luna, ECSA
  • Erich Prem, eutema
  • Barron Orr (observer)
  • Heiner Benking
  • Christine Marizzi
  • Daniel Mietchen
  • Dilek Sahin
  • Donat Agosti
  • Fermin Serrano
  • Ilias Trochidis
  • Dieter Weiss, Institut für Zelltechnologie e.V. IZT
  • Julie Sheard
  • Marc Thorley (observer)
  • Peter Desmet
  • Qijun Jiang
  • Katrin Vohland
  • Luis Velasquez
  • Muki Haklay
  • Anne Bowser
  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt
  • Seán Lynch
  • Wiebke Herding
  • Alexandre Pólvora
  • Rosy Mondardini
  • Bálint Balázs
  • Oscar Corcho
  • Daniel Dörler
  • Eileen Scanlon
  • Libby Hepburn
  • Annick Labeeuw
  • Dominik Scholl
  • Celya Gruson-Daniel
  • Aleksandra Berditchevskaia
  • Sven Schade
  • Thomas Hervé Mboa
  • Paul Groth
  • Tomi Kauppinen
  • Franz Hölker
  • Dave Murray-Rust

Interested to join the working group?

Types of expertise required:

Practical knowledge and relevant experience in either or both citizen science and aspects of open science, including open standards, open data, open licensing, open source-development, open-access publishing, open education, open hardware, etc..

In addition, because citizen science makes such diverse contributions across different domains, it would be ideal for the working group membership will represent and reflect this range as fully as possible. Participants could include (but not be limited to) topic areas such as air and water quality monitoring; archaeology; astronomy; biodiversity; civic infrastructures (e.g. open mapping); open-access publishing; and scientific standards.



  • Increase understanding and adoption of clear and creditable open data policies that support of scientific values of transparency, reproducibility and reuse, helping citizen science volunteers and project managers to secure the benefits of collecting, creating and sharing data essential to 21st-century science.

Aspired output(s): Recommendations and best practice collection on Open Data Licenses; Communication activity to articulate the value of Open Science to Citizen Science practitioners

  • Exchange experiences and contribute to understanding of the impacts of citizen science on research and policy as well as further defining of open science principles for Citizen Science App and Platform development.

Aspired output(s): Contribute to defining the principles for app and platform development for citizen science via the workshop in Gothenburg University, in April 25-27, 2017

  • Explore deeper links between Citizen Science and Open Science. Compliment the work on open data by focusing at other areas of open science, including open hardware, methodologies & knowledge, educational resources etc., as well as inclusiveness and links to RRI in Citizen Science projects.

Aspired output(s): Briefing on Citizen Science and Open Science


Proposed Timeline

  • Open invitation to join Working Group
  • April, Inaugural WG Meeting via Adobe Connect to discuss work plan
  • Autumn 2017, Local Stakeholder Round Table (together with DITOs): present & discuss draft policy brief on CS in OS
  • June 2018, Session at ECSA conference 2018



  • We are trying out to work through Basecamp. If you are interested in joining, please email Kyle and he'll invite you to the group. If you have a better idea for how to organize this, please get in touch with Claudia. Documents are here for the moment - we're investigating to do something via Zotero, soon.
  • List of WG meeting via Adobe Connect: 25th April 2017; 9th June; 9th July - Meetings minutes are here.
  • We are currently working on a Policy Brief examining relations between Citizen Science and Open Science. The Call for Contributions is here.
  • Inputs for the policy brief also come from discussions at a Dagstuhl Seminar in July.
  • A policy brief writing workshop was held 9th-10th July in Copenhagen.
  • Next steps are: creating a draft version of the policy brief by mid-July, get inputs by WG members and collect case studies until mid-August, consolidation, review round, policy brief ready mid-September, aspired presentation of the brief on a European Stakeholder Round Table in Brussels in early October
  • Next WG meeting planned for 8th September, 14:00-15:00 CEST - main aim is to settle open discussion points from the Policy Brief review