EUTOPIA Citizen Science Starter Kit

Created Sept. 21, 2022, 9:27 a.m.
Updated Nov. 23, 2023, 3:04 p.m.

Developed as a deliverable within the EUTOPIA TRAIN project, the Citizen Science Starter Kit provides information to researchers who are new to citizen science and who are considering initiating a citizen science project, regardless of the scientific discipline.Together, they are a how-to guide for beginners, a foundation course, with the most essential information to get started.

The starter kit consists of different modules:

  • Module 1 – Start to learn about citizen science. This first module reflects upon the different terms and characteristics used to describe citizen science. The benefits of citizen science research are listed, and the diversity of the field is illustrated with case studies in all scientific branches and disciplines.  

  • Module 2 – Determine if citizen science is right for your research. Before you initiate a citizen science project, you should reflect on whether it is suitable for your research. This module provides some reflective questions as well as decision frameworks to figure out the suitability of a citizen science approach. 

  • Module 3 – Crucial design factors for successful citizen science. This third module presents crucial design factors for planning and developing your citizen science research (project).  

  • Module 4 - Getting started with citizen science. This interactive module helps you to design your citizen science (research) project. Templates, guidelines and checklists are provided.

Publish information

Authors: E Livémont; K Verbrugge; L Van den Bogaert; C Veeckman; F Keersmaekers;
Publisher:Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Year of publication: 2023

Links with projects and/or organisations

Sept. 21, 2022, 8:16 a.m.

Training information

Time required: 6.0 hours
Conditions of access: None
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