Joint Research Centre
Digital Earth Lab

 

We are investigating the possible provision of an archive of EU-funded Citizen Science projects will keep an up to date record about past and present projects that are dealing with Citizen Science and are funded by the European Union, especially under the Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. Descriptions of the projects and links to further details will be complemented with information about the produced research results, such as mobile applications and collected data sets.

As part of our work to support Citizen Science data and service infrastructures, we experiment with a data archive that might be used to not only document, curate and discover descriptions about past and recent projects, but could also be connected to a storage and access facilities for project results, i.e. primarily mobile apps and Citizen Science data. While interconnecting existing project metadata and collecting new information, we collaborate with experts in Europe, Australia and the US in order to exchange project metadata between existing and emerging repositories, and to examine and use already existing solutions for data and software storage. With our experiments we particular focus on the results of EU-funded projects with short term funding, that per se did not include any plan for providing the results beyond the project’s life time.

The archive is still under development and discussion. It’s first release might support the following user stories:

  • A member of a citizen science project should find information about EU-funded Citizen Science projects in order to identify possible synergies and collaborations.
  • Equally, a peer and a member of a citizen science project can search for a project in order to identify if the project is registered and see which latest information is available.
  • A member of a citizen science project starting a new citizen science campaign can search for apps in a particular area in order to see what has already been developed and might be re-used.
  • An app developer can search for apps in a particular area in order to see what has already been developed and might be re-used.
  • A peer or policy officer can search for an organization in order to see if that organization was or is involved in any EU-funded Citizen Science project.
  • A policy officer should be able to link a particular project back to its entry in the Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), so that he/she can identify the related administrative information.

For the next releases we foresee the following additional possibilities:

  • A member of a citizen science project should be informed how to make relevant information (metadata) available to us so that he/she can promote the latest project outcomes via our channels.
  • A user of the repository should be able to uniquely refer to a re-used resource in order to acknowledge/cite the source.
  • A peer should see the locations of partners from an EU-funded Citizen Science project in order to get a quick overview about the project itself.
  • A peer should be able to access data collected by a particular EU-funded Citizen Science project in order to re-use it for own purposes.
  • A peer should be able to access data collected by a particular EU-funded Citizen Science project in order to re-use it for own purposes.