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Making Citizen Science Work – Innovation Management for Citizen Science

DITOS Consortium, ; WeObserve Consortium, ; (2019) Making Citizen Science Work – Innovation Management for Citizen Science. (DITOS Policy Briefs 6 ). Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Established innovation management practices can be applied to the field of citizen science, to strengthen and increase the development of innovative applications for participatory science. However, the citizen science landscape is more complex than the social innovation landscape. Instruments and approaches that are appropriate for innovation management need to be developed and adapted for the unique characteristics of citizen science. This process is still at a very early stage, and therefore requires special attention. This policy brief draws on a preliminary study that identified the main operational archetypes of citizen science and DIY science projects, which we call “operational models” or “modes of operation”. The nature of the DITOs project and the WeObserve project have brought us into contact with a wide variety of different types, scales and aims of citizen science projects, as well as differing funding models, and ways in which citizen science projects are initiated. The clustering of specific operational models of citizen science are an indication that we can find commonality, and that this landscape of citizen science can be understood from a social innovation perspective, and therefore supported by innovation management techniques.

Type: Report
Title: Making Citizen Science Work – Innovation Management for Citizen Science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.togetherscience.eu/
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access report published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073927
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