Amsterdam Smart Citizen Lab #1. Credit: Waag Society
December 4, 2017

Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab: Open Community and Co-Design

Case study by Qijun Jiang

The Smart Citizens Lab explores tools and applications to measure the world around us, working with citizens, scientists and designers to deal with questions like air and bathing-water quality and noise pollution.

OS aspect: The broad availability of open hardware tools, the creation of online data-sharing platforms and access to makerspaces have fostered the design of low-cost and open-source sensors that citizens can appropriate to engage in environmental action.

CS aspect: Citizens are encouraged to be active in the whole research cycle. Normally, they raise questions they want to be answered, then start to work on solutions with possible help from scientists and experts.

By collectively measuring their environment, citizens can become aware of how their lifestyle affects the ecosystem and be inspired to adopt more sustainable behaviour.

Contact: Qijun Jiang, Wageningen University



When citizen science meet open science, wide involvement and collaboration happen. These create innovation and lead to societal impact, technical impact and policy impact.

The Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab was funded by Creative Industries Fund NL and others depending on specific projects. For instance, the Making Sense project ( was funded by EU Horizon 2020.


See also: Qijun Jiang, Frank Kresin, Arnold K. Bregt, et al., “Citizen Sensing for Improved Urban Environmental Monitoring,” Journal of Sensors, vol. 2016, Article ID 5656245, 9 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/5656245


This case study is part of the DITOs Policy Brief "Citizen Science and Open Science: Synergies and Future Areas of Work".


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