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D3.3 Sustainable support for citizen and DIY science

DITOs Consortium; (2019) D3.3 Sustainable support for citizen and DIY science. Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This deliverable addresses the overall question of how DITOs capacities have been used to establish sustainable ways of supporting citizen and DIY science activities in Europe after the end of the project. We have identified three mechanisms, each of which is discussed in one chapter: (1) DITOs partners acting as innovation hubs in their respective local and practice communities. With a reference to D3.2, we revisit the concept of innovation hubs and briefly discuss what follow-up activities were taking to improve it. Then we present vignettes on DITOs partners including a short overview of activities carried out and future plans along with key learnings and challenges that others can learn from. All partners have used DITOs as an opportunity to modify existing activities, develop new ones and extend their staff capacities. Beyond that, how partners used the project varies with the previous experiences with Citizen Science (CS) and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) science as well as the type of organisations and external factors. While UCL brought their work to a European scale, other partners financed core activities, established their CS activities firmer at the organisation, multiplied their impact or changed their approach. (2) Exchange and cooperations between DITOs partners are seen as a key aspect of DITOs mentioned by all partners. DITOs has made possible countless cooperation experiences between consortium members as well as with external partners. These experiences have established new relationships and continue to be available as reservoirs of resources for future activities. To make these experiences more tangible, we give an overview of past and desired future cooperations mapped at the project mid-term meeting along with five stories of different cooperation experiences identified by partners as important. (3) ECSA as an established network for citizen science in Europe backed by a more mature organisation to make DITOs legacy a basis for future work. Here we present an overview of how ECSA’s capacities have been extended, e.g. in terms of the number of members, diversified communication channels and number of EU projects. We argue that acting as a legacy organisation for DITOs translates into the question: How can ECSA continue to promote citizen science, understood in a pluralistic way, and strengthen European cooperation and cross-fertilisation between practitioners? Our answer is: By promoting openness - both by supporting CS practitioners, like the DITOs innovation hubs, to work more openly and by making ECSA a more open organisation itself. We give an overview of the events we used to explore this topic and share six dimensions of openness for CS in Europe: (1) Using pluralistic concepts, (2) Improving situated openness of data and projects, (3) Addressing questions of power, (4) Building more open organisations, (5) Promoting cross-boundary cooperation and cultural diversity and (6) Supporting fair working conditions, team support and self-care. Finally, we show exemplary measures developed at ECSA to put these principles into practice. The data for this deliverable has been gathered through workshops, interviews with DITOs partners, synthesis work on activities carried out and discussion with ECSA staff. D3.3 Sustainable support for citizen and DIY science is Deliverable 3.3 (D3.3) from the coordination and support action (CSA) Doing It Together science (DITOs), grant agreement 709443.

Type: Report
Title: D3.3 Sustainable support for citizen and DIY science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.togetherscience.eu/
Language: English
Additional information: This work by Parties of the DITOs Consortium is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094790
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