Platforms & Info pages

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With the increase of CS projects, numerous platforms and info pages are emerging worldwide. On the one hand they bundle national as well as international projects and on the other hand they provide helpful information for the introduction to CS topics.

The following list provides an overview without claiming to be exhaustive.

AUSTRALIA AND OCEANIA

Australia

In Australia, the project platform  Australian Citizen Science Project Finder offers the possibility to search for national but also international CS projects.

On Atlas of Living Australia data on Australian biodiversity is collected.

New Zealand

The Participatory Science Platform lists numerous New Zealand CS projects that are funded under Curious Minds programs.

EUROPE

Europe

The European CS platform EU-Citizen.Science should develop into a central reference point for all those who are planning or already conducting a CS project, but also for research funding institutions, authorities, etc. Besides the presentation of CS projects, it offers a range of resources such as guidelines, training materials, policy papers and more.

Belgium

In the Flemish Region, the Citizen Science Center Scivil was initiatied in 2019. It aims to support citizen scientists and researchers. The Flemish platform Iedereen Wetenschapper collects CS projects from different scientific fields.

Denmark

The platform Citizen Science Portalen presents Danish and international projects on various topics.

Germany

Bürger schaffen Wissen is the central CS platform in Germany. It was created in the course of the already completed program GEWISS (BürGEr schaffen WISSen - Wissen schafft Bürger), during which the Green Book. Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany was published. A White Paper is now to be developed from this.

France

The plattform Observatoires Participatifs des Espèces et de la Nature presents participatory projects on biodiversity.

Great Britain

At the local level there is the Scottish Citizen Science Portal, which targets two groups of people: firstly Citizen Scientists looking for projects and secondly project managers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Ireland

The independent public Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information about ongoing CS projects on its website.

Italy

On the website of the Maremma Museum of Natural History you can find the informal group Citizen Science Italia composed of researchers and CS supporters. The site also provides an overview of Italian CS projects.

Sweden

ARCS (ARenas for Cooperation through Citizen Science) is a cooperation project between the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the University of Umeå and the non-profit organization "VA (Public & Science)". The goal is to create a national web portal for CS.

Switzerland

The Citizen Science Platform Schweiz forscht offers not only projects on various topics such as society, climate, language and space, but also information on Citizen Science and the national network in Switzerland. In 2017, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich established the competence center Citizen Science under the name Citizen Science Center Zurich. The aim is to coordinate the CS projects of the two research institutions more closely and make them more visible. In addition, the Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie opened at the end of 2018. Its service and continuing education offerings are aimed at citizens and all researchers at UZH and ETH Zurich.

Spain

Since 2011, the national non-profit foundation Ibercivis has been committed to building CS initiatives. It also coordinates the Ciencia Ciudadana en Espana. On a local level, the CS office Oficina de Ciencia Ciudadana de Barcelona was founded in Barcelona in 2012 by the Cultural Institute of the City of Barcelona. The aim of the office is to bundle local CS projects and thereby to tackle social and ecological challenges of the city together with citizens, as well as to create a teaching and learning space for new initiatives.

Hungary

The Environmental social science research group (ESSRG) is particularly active in Hungary. In addition to "classic" CS projects, a number of do-it-yourself projects are advertised on the platform.

NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina

On the portal Cientópolis interested people can find CS information and projects to participate.

Brazil

On the SiBBr platform, data on biodiversity in Brazil are collected and made available to interested parties and research. In addition, the platform presents a number of CS projects.

Chile

In 2015 the foundation Fundacíon Ciencia Ciudadana was founded, which provides an overview of Chilean CS projects on its website.

Canada

The Canadian government has created a Citizen Science Portal on its website and presents a number of scientific projects.

USA

 

The US government's citizenscience.gov platform supports the development of crowdsourcing and citizen science in the USA. There are three sections on the website: Projects, Toolkit and Community.

Another CS initiative originating in the USA is the GLOBE program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment). The goal is to involve students, teachers and citizens in scientific research projects. The collaborative research projects range from the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere to soil science.

One of the largest CS platforms worldwide is the American platform SciStarter. There you will find more than 1,300 international projects to participate in.

Zooniverse is one of the first CS platforms that emerged from the CS project Galaxy Zoo and was built in 2019. It contains many projects from different disciplines such as biology, art and history. The headquarters are in Great Britain and the USA.