Current stage of the process
At the beginning, the process on how to find such criteria and to be as open as possible was discussed in several online meetings. The common goal of the working group is to have measurable and easy to understand criteria. Project leaders from citizen science projects as well as the general public of the countries represented in the working group will be consulted in several steps of the process, if they are not part of the working group already. To facilitate this involvement, the necessary documents will be translated into the respective languages to avoid exclusion due to language barriers.
In a first step the members of the working group decided to start a literature research on characteristics and criteria for citizen science and to extract criteria, characteristics, definitions and/or typologies from these documents. This resulted in a wide range of concepts and ideas of citizen science.
In 2020 the collected characteristics/criteria/definitions/typologies from literature were grouped and refined in a transparent process. An important part of the work was to assure a process documentation that allows people to see which of the collected characteristics/criteria/definitions/typologies form the basis of each single criterion in the final criteria catalogue. The working group formulated a first draft of the criteria, was presented at ECSA 2020 in September to collect further feedback. The criteria were revised and were openly available and ready for commenting via a Padlet on EU-Citizen.Science from December 2020 until November 2021.
In 2021 more feedback from researchers and practitioners was collected through personal contacts by the working group members in their respective countries and in a workshop at CitSciVirtual 2021. All this feedback was used to revise the criteria and formulate accompanying FAQs, guidelines and a preamble to give context to the criteria. The working group also made first preparations to collect feedback from citizen scientists in an open consultation via various channels and with different formats (e.g. interviews, blogs).
In 2022 the working group will start the open consultation process and revise the criteria, the preamble, the FAQs and guidelines according to the feedback from the citizen scientists. The aim is to present the final version of the criteria at ECSA 2022.