Global perspectives on Citizen Science and Open Science
Citizen Science (CS) and Open Science (OS) are emerging global movements that are becoming more significant and layered in regard to key themes, dynamics, and shared characteristics. Now, there is an important opportunity for clarifying key synergies and opportunities for alignment moving forward.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is developing a global Recommendation on Open Science to be released in 2021. As a legally binding instrument that applies to all UN Member states, the Recommendation seeks to help shape the future of open science from a global public policy perspective. In May 2020, UNESCO invited citizen science practitioners to collaborate in the process of developing their Recommendation. To ensure ongoing input and information exchange from global citizen science communities a Community of Practice (CoP) of the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) was formed, with the particular intention of drawing on knowledge from the broadest citizen science base to support and inform a broad and holistic open science agenda.
This session will offer the background to this initiative from UNESCO and describe the first steps of the CoP. In addition, we will feature lightening talks from different practitioners working at the nexus of citizen science and open science. The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion to collaboratively identify key considerations and next steps for the common future of CS and OS agendas.
CS & OS CoP co-chairs
Claudia Gobel, Germany
Libby Hepburn, Australia
Uta Wehn, Netherlands