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Citizen science in open science: Where does it fit?

The author explores the relationships between open science and citizen science, both from the policy perspective and practice, noticing barriers and opportunities.

Published onApr 26, 2023
Citizen science in open science: Where does it fit?


From the early development of open science, citizen science is recognized as part of the practices that belong to the “open science family”. However, a closer look reveals that their relationship is not simple, and while other areas of open science can live happily together, this one deserves careful attention. Like any special child, this is both a benefit and a challenge for those who want to open up science to society. This presentation looks at the current state of European and UNESCO policies about open science and citizen science. It examines some of the barriers and opportunities that citizen science offers. Special attention is paid to cultural aspects of scientific practices that create challenges for the implementation of citizen science and the areas where tensions can rise with other parts of open science (e.g. open data).



Author biography

Muki Haklay (University College London) is a professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London and a team leader at the Learning Planet Institute, Université Paris Cité. He is co-founder and co-director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, which is dedicated to the development of technologies and methodologies to allow any community, regardless of their literacy, to use scientific methods and tools to collect, analyze, interpret, and use information about their area and activities. His background is in computer science and geography, and his research interests include environmental information, participatory mapping, and citizen science.

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