With our activities we want to improve the relationship between citizen and European policy making by offering new ways to contribute to the supporting scientific processes. At the same time, we want to advance the understanding of the ongoing digital transformation of society. We are particularly investigating movements that are emerging from the constantly increasing availability of data that are generated and contributed by citizen. The Figure below outlines a typology of different contributions.
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Based on our findings, and in order to identify and support opportunities for innovation in the interest of European citizens, we gradually develop an information platform that supports peoples’ intentional engagement in authentic scientific investigations (Citizen Science). This Citizen Science Platform is set-up to approach a complete (cyclic) value-chain, including the following steps:
1. Innovation in data gathering
2. Validation and quality control
3. Analysis and data management of the data gathered from new data sources
4. Integration of new knowledge in established decision-making processes
5. Communicating policy-related reactions to this knowledge
6. Monitoring the impacts of these reactions (closing the loop)
As a starting point, we investigate the use of smart phone applications as tool for engaging citizens in scientific processes. This page reflects the current status of our work, and provides the possibility to participate in already ongoing activities, staying informed about their progress, and to remain updated about work under preparation.
For the future, we foresee new engagement possibilities beyond pure data gathering, and intend to extent the methodologies and tools provided by the platform.