‘Járókelőkutató’ (Passer-by Researcher) is co-created citizen science digital tool, grown out of a fruitful collaboration between ESSRG and the local NGO, ‘Járókelő’ (Passer-by) Public Benefit Association. The current project design of Járókelőkutató preceded the transformation of the tool into a genuine citizen science project.
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The project aims to provide an opportunity for citizens in Budapest to map available food production alternatives through sharing photographs and videos from their gardens about their gardening habits and harvest. It also intends to spread food sovereignty-related good practices with an openly accessible database. ESSRG interprets and synthesises the gathered data in order to gain a better understanding of self-provisioning practices. While testing the tool, Járókelőkutató is introduced to the wider circle of NGOs and citizen science initiatives in Hungary as an available tool for adapting further bottom-up citizen science projects.
The pilot project was developed via several discussions taking place among ESSRG researchers and Járókelő developers. Desk research was conducted on food-related citizen science tools before it gained its final shape. Due to COVID-19, the theme of food sovereignty received more attention as a concept. The present tool not only serves as a pilot of the freshly developed tool but it also reflects on what has stood out as a highly appreciated food production practice during the pandemic.
Járókelőkutató enables citizens to share their observations in relation to their homegrown plants, vegetables, fruits and seeds. Video recording allows one to share their gardening methods and practices. In its current form, Járókelőkutató citizen science tool is available in forms of an online platform via PC.
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How to participate
Available for Hungarian citizen scientists in their mother tongue.
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Smartphone and internet connection.
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