Ibercivis Foundation

IBERCIVIS is the national private non-for-profit foundation devoted to citizen science in Spain. IBERCIVIS board is formed by the Ministry of Innovation and Competitiveness of Spain, the regional Government of Aragon, CSIC, CIEMAT, University of Zaragoza and the Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation. IBERCIVIS was legally established in 2012 but the consortium has been working closely since 2007 both in Spain and Portugal (see www.ibercivis.pt). Since then, we have deployed more than 60 experiments from 40 different research groups reaching over 60.000 citizen scientists. Ours set of experiments and include volunteer computing (e.g. simulation of nuclear fusion devices yielding on average 8 million hours and 2.3 TFLOPS), volunteer sensing (e.g. odour nuisances reports: OdourCollect), participatory experiments (e.g. human behaviour in dilemma), or collective intelligence projects (e.g. collective music composition) among others. We support groups with hardware (e.g. hosting, load balance, security services), middleware (e.g. tech eulogies such as BOINC, PyBossa, EpiCollect) and software development (e.g. multi device developments or libraries such as gromacs or autodock). Despite ICT and virtual experiments are our focus, due to the digitally enabled borderless transformation of research, reaching new scales of number and range of contributors, we also work offline with expanded laboratories open to the public such as fablabs or wet labs. We deploy, support and promote the general public engagement in science with research and educational purposes. We play a central role in the Citizen Science Community at local, national and international levels. We are the national institution of Spain promoting citizen science and we run the portal Observatory of Citizen Science in Spain (www.ciencia-ciudadana.es) We are part of the steering committee of the European Citizen Science Association, linking it with responsible research and innovation, working on the adaptation of the RRI-Tools self reflection tool for the CitSci communities and #CitSciChatES among other actives. Since 2012 we coordinate the European project Socientize (www.socientize.eu) which delivered the White Paper on Citizen Science for Europe, referenced as a flagship document for the citizen science policy making. IBERCIVIS and Socientize have been referenced as best practices by several institutions and initiatives, highlighting the European Commission, the Australian Citizen Science Association, RRI-Tools, RRI-ICT, Ars Electronica or Cotec Foundation among others. IBERCIVIS has been marked as good practice in several scenarios, including open governance and grass-roots initiatives. We set up the interaction between science and society for scientific policy making in Socientize. In addition to create the inclusive scenarios for citizen-lead projects, we support social innovation by providing scientific resources and equipment for citizen involvement in scientific research.



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