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A Landscape of Citizen Observatories in Europe - EuroGEOSS Poster

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Summary: A visual overview of the type and range of Citizen Observatories in Europe, across a range of factors, focusing on those funded under FP7 and H2020.

TLDR: With the increasing prevalence of Citizen Observatories globally, there have been calls for a more integrated approach to handling their complexities, and to sharing crucial knowledge for the design and management of stable, reliable and scalable Citizens’ Observatory programmes. Answering this challenge in the European context, the Horizon 2020-funded project WeObserve aims to improve coordination between existing Citizen Observatories and related European activities, while tackling three key challenges that inhibit the mainstreaming of citizen science: Awareness, Acceptability, and Sustainability.


Systematically tackling these challenges first requires the aggregating, building and strengthening of the Citizen Observatory knowledge base. The first step in doing so is to map the EU landscape to identify the existing Citizen Observatory networks and their associated ecosystems and stakeholders, in order to gain insights into the development, operation and challenges facing Citizen Observatories in Europe.


This Poster presents a visualisation of the Landscape Report that forms one of the first tasks within the WeObserve project, describing and comparing Citizen Observatories in Europe.

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A Landscape of Citizen Observatories in Europe - EuroGEOSS Poster

  1. 1.   In  the  first  WeObserve  Landscape  Report  of  COs  in  Europe,  we  reviewed  the  literature  for  a  consolidated  defini=on  of  what  makes  a  CO,  and   frameworks  for  mapping  exis=ng  CO  ini=a=ves  and  their  relevant  communi=es  and  interac=ons   WeSenseIT “a method, an environment and an infrastructure supporting an information ecosystem for communities and citizens, as well as emergency operators and policymakers, for discussion, monitoring and intervention on situations, places and events” 2013 PARTICIPATION OF CITIZENS ‘IN-SITU’ https://tinyurl.com/ COlandscape COMMONELEMENTS 1.  Geographic scope 2.  Type of participants 3.  Network establishment mechanism 4.  Revenue stream 5.  Communication Paradigm 6.  Effort required 7.  Platform support 8.  Data accessibility, availability & quality 1 Geographic scope & no. of member stations 2 Type of Participants 3 Network establishment mechanism 4 Revenue stream to sustain the network 5 Communication paradigm 6 Effort required by data sharers 7 Support offered by platform providers 8 Data accessibility, availability & quality Dimensions ↔ (Scien=fic)  experts   Private  sector   NGOs   Emergency  services   Local  authori=es   Na=onal  organiza=ons   Regional  organiza=ons  Interna=onal  organiza=ons     BoKom  Up   Adver=sing   Licencing   Dona=on   Uni-­‐direc=onal   Knowledge     requirements   Diversiy  of  supported     sensor  types   Suppor=ng     material   Usability  of  the  web-­‐plaRorm   Usability  of                       the  app   ← Classifications → Citizen Observatories Source:  Gharesifard,  Wehn,  &  van  der  Zaag,  2017       Towards  benchmarking  Ci=zen  Observatories:  Features  and     func=oning  of  online  amateur  weather  networks.     Journal  of  Environmental  Management.       CityManagement Water,streams, snow,sea Air, noise, smell spectrum Tools formonitoring Disaster monitoring Commodity- based Management 1 2 3 Secondary 4 5 7 6 7 9 9 8 9 8 10 11 H2020 COs 1. Ground Truth 2.0 2. GROW 3. LandSense 4. Scent 5. D-Noses 6. Monocle FP7 COs 7. COBWEB 8. Ominscientis 9. Citi-Sense 10. WeSenseIt 11. Citiclops ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING BI-DIRECTIONAL DATA & INFO MOBILE + WEB TECHNOLOGIES ALAN GRAINGER “any use of Earth observation technology in which citizens collect data and are empowered by the information generated from these data to participate in environmental management.” 2017 CITI-SENSE “the citizens’ own observations and understanding of environmentally related problems and in particular ... reporting and commenting on them within a dedicated ICT platform” 2014 Calling  all  CO  Prac==oners     We  are  now  compiling  project  details  on  as  wide  a  range  of   ini=a=ves  in  Europe  as  possible.  Please  share  project   informa=on  with  us  via  this  online  form.     What  data  would  YOU  like  to  see  captured?   JOIN the WeObserve Communities of Practice - https://tinyurl.com/WOCoPs This work is part of the WeObserve project. WeObserve has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research & innovation program under Grant Agreement No 776740. Content reflects only the author’s view and European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. @WeObserve WeObserve.eu

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