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Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective

Haklay, ME; (2015) Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective. (Case study series 4 ). Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Washington, DC, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

This report explores the intersection of citizen science and policy at local, regional, and national levels and across policy domains, on the basis of the emerging experience in Europe. The past decade has witnessed a sustained growth in the scope and scale of participation of people from outside established research organizations, in all aspects of scientific research. This includes forming research questions, recording observations, analyzing data, and using the resulting knowledge. This phenomenon has come to be known as citizen science. While the origins of popular involvement in the scientific enterprise can be traced to the early days of modern science, the scale and scope of the current wave of engagement shifts citizen science from the outer margins of scientific activities to the center—and thus calls for attention from policymakers. This is to ensure that citizen science is supported appropriately by policymakers and officials who understand the paradigm and its potential, as well as the impact that citizen science can have on policy formation and implementation. This report explains the current phenomenon of citizen science and the underlying societal and technological trends behind it. On the basis of this understanding, unfolding analysis considers the multidimensional aspects of citizen science: geography, policy area, and type of citizen science activity. This report identifies areas where citizen science actively contributes to the formation of policy and also explores areas where we can expect to see further developments. The final portion explores key challenges and potential solutions for policy and decision making within the context of widespread and accessible citizen science.

Type: Report
Title: Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/citizen-s...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015, The Woodrow Wilson Center: This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License: http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Keywords: Citizen Science, VGI
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1478414
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