Citizen Science -
The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

A CHAPTER (28TH) OF FOCUS ON OPEN SCIENCE

An event organised on 10 November 2020 by:
Scientific Knowledge Services and in collaboration with UCL Press and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)

About the event

The Challenge of Open Science
Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for Open approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. What is the role of academic libraries in supporting this transition? Is there indeed a role for libraries at all? What are the current views and agendas in various European countries? How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?

The aim of the Focus on Open Science Workshops
Started in 2015, we aim through these workshops to address the challenges posed by Open Science, using the 8 pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission in its Open Science Policy Platform.
The mission statement for the workshops is: “Promote the concept of, values and best practices in the Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to libraries.”
The workshops are taking place all across Europe.

Why are these Workshops important?
We believe that such Workshops offer a practitioner experience, grounded in the principles of Open Science, and opportunities for networking at the local level. The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.

Citizen Science -
The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

10.11.2020

Schedule

Chapter XXVIII: Ljubljana 11-10-2020
10:00 - 10:05

Introduction

10:05 - 10:30

The Internet is plagued with Trackers

Article 1 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states that “Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected”. Article 12 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes this statement: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy … [or] correspondence.” In addition, the 2018 general data protection regulation (GDPR): “sets a high standard for consent” (ICO). This informed consent entails “offering individuals real choice and control” and “genuine consent should put individuals in charge, build trust and engagement”. The CSI-COP project will explore compliance of GDPR’s informed consent by leveraging citizen science methodology. With the project team, CSI-COP citizen scientists will investigate the extent to which our online privacy is compromised, and our human dignity is violated through digital tracking across the Internet in websites and in Android Apps.

10:30 - 10:55

The power of many - Citizen Science at the University of Southern Denmark

This presentation maps out the approach towards Citizen Science at SDU. First, it lays of the organization and governance of the SDU Citizen Science Network and our mission statement including the strong connection to the United Nations Sustainability Goals. Second, it briefly makes the connection to central taxonomies with in Citizen Science in order define our approach. Third, the presentation presents out a number of cases (Citizen Science projects) from SDU. From narrative medicine to End-Of-Life sustainability, from science communication to marine life and lakes. And last, Citizen Science at SDU has clear directions towards partnerships. We lay out a matrix for discussion on how to engage in a dialogue with researchers and societal actors.

10:55 - 11:20

Anyone can participate

As the SARS-CoV-2 virus has become a significant problem threatening the existence of humankind, scientists immediately began research to clarify the virus' mode of action. We began to look for compounds that could potentially block the activity of the virus. Our strategy is based on the in-silico approach, virtual screening with molecular docking. We tried to filter drug candidates from the vast virtual space of drug-like molecules. Even the screening of a relatively small part of the chemical space (in our case, about 10 million compounds) is computationally intensive, which is why we are working on the Citizen Science project - COVID.SI.

11:20 - 11:45

BESPOC - A Prototype for Citizen Science Single Point of Contact at Universities

Citizen Science is one of the Open Science pillars as defined by the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform. It stays next to Responsible Research Indicators, FAIR Data, Open Access and 4 other important pillars designed to make research more open and reproducible. The purpose of this presentation is to create a conversation around our prototype for ‘Citizen Science Single Point of Contact’, a concept first introduced in October 2016 by the European League of Research Universities (LERU). Written as a recommendation for institutions, the Single Point of Contact for Citizen Science is suggested to the leadership of universities, to advise scientists and to ensure liaison with national and regional citizen science initiatives. Scientific Knowledge Services has been prototyping independently such a concept since 2017 when we first mentioned roles for European research libraries in the Citizen Science world. That happened at the LIBER Conference in PATRAS, Greece. Our prototype is called BESPOC (Broad Engagement in Science - Point of Contact) and it has nine elements. We will present in this contribution the core of each element.

Speakers

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Marko Jukić

University of Maribor

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Črtomir Podlipnik

University of Ljubljana

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Tiberius Ignat

Scientific Knowledge Services

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Anne Kathrine Overgaard

University of Southern Denmark

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Thomas Kaarsted

University of Southern Denmark

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Miro Pušnik

University of Ljubljana

Citizen Science: The Broader Engagement between Researchers and Society

Dr Huma Shah

University of Coventry

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@KarelLuyben sets up our discussion: Fundamental research driven by curiosity is critical, linking to pragmatic and utility driven research and industry.
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