Citizen Science Projects: How to make a difference (MOOC)

WeObserve, Mel Woods (Other), Saskia Coulson (Other), Raquel Ajates (Other)

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This is the last run of this course from WeObserve, a consortium of four Citizens’ Observatories that have come together to support environmental monitoring by citizens across Europe and beyond.

In this course, we’ll introduce you to the WeObserve project and citizen science. We’ll show you how people around the world can collaborate to monitor changes in the environment which impact their local area and the planet.

Citizens Observatories are environmental monitoring projects that anyone can participate in, whether they have formal scientific training or not. The goal is to help collect data that will improve how we understand and manage our environment. These initiatives often use modern technology such as smartphones or sensors to report observations, and the internet to analyse the data. Citizens observatories fall into the wider category of citizen science. Citizen science covers a broad spectrum of scientific research. Members of the public (citizen scientists) collaborate with trained scientists in a range of ways – from forming the research question, and collecting the data, to data analysis, and eventually publication or policy implementation.

This course will take a hands-on approach to citizen science. You’ll be discussing some big issues in environmental monitoring with other learners as you make your way through the course. The whole idea of Citizens’ Observatories is about taking action in small steps, right where you are. You’ll have lots of opportunities to share what you’re interested in and learn from others’ experiences as we work through the course together.

Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:

Opportunities to get involved in citizen science
Mapping environmental issues
How to form a community of engaged citizen scientists
Designing citizen science activities
Using open access tools
Measuring the problem and collecting data
Analysing and visualising data
Sharing results and opening up data access
Creating a positive impact and change, including how citizen science can contribute solutions during crises, such as global pandemics and extreme weather events.

With this knowledge, we hope you will feel empowered to get involved in citizen science in any way that fits your interests.
Original languageEnglish
TypeMassive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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