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Working group for synergies and innovation

Working group for synergies and innovation

Head:
Eveline Wandl-Vogt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Austrian Academy of Sciences
Alexander Schatek (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Topotheque
Thomas Palfinger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Austrian Academy of Sciences

The number of citizen science and crowdsourcing projects is continuously increasing, both in Austria and worldwide. The actors in the projects are becoming more diverse and the operational structures are becoming more complex.

As a result, the importance of social networks and the technical applications developed in everyday research is growing, for example, to save resources, to increase the number of users of existing tools or to develop an innovative problem-solving project with the right partners.
For this reason, the working group for synergies and innovation will focus on the exchange between projects and the exploration of possible synergies. Although citizen science occurs in very different disciplines, workflows are quite similar and multidisciplinary learning can take place in all areas, and the adaptation of tools seems possible and reasonable. Innovation takes place largely by imitating and transferring proven methods into new application areas. This stimulates cooperation across disciplines and existing social groups, which should also strengthen the interdisciplinary character of citizen science.    

The working group aims at the systematic development of knowledge partnerships. Existing networks are to be made more visible and existing tools more available. Furthermore, the group will discuss where there is a need for new developments, or the further development of existing tools, and which partnerships and processes are necessary in order to work together in a goal-oriented and result-oriented manner.

Against this background, an Open Source strategy will be developed to make access to knowledge and tools as accessible as possible and to ensure their use and further development beyond projects for the community.

The goals of the working group are therefore:

  • To identify synergies and opportunities for cooperation between people/projects/institutions
  • To identify challenges and potential for innovation
  • To review people, projects, existing practices and tools in citizen science projects
  • To design and document best practices for scientific partnerships
  • To cultivate scientific partnerships
    To create a framework in which it is possible to collaborate, e.g.:

    • Developing a strategy for cross-sector collaboration
    • Proactively connecting citizens and scientists
    • Drafting a needs list
      (e.g. a rewards system for citizen science projects)
    • Compiling joint resources
      (e.g. thesaurus/ontology for citizen science projects)
    • Developing tools
      (e.g. for promoting trust within citizen science projects)
    • Developing an open source strategy for the Österreich forscht platform
  • To link current projects to a European/global infrastructure of initiatives to utilise existing potential

Work duration: 2 years

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