Citizen Science (CS) “(also known as crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring or networked science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists”. Formally, Citizen Science has been defined as “the systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis”. Citizen Science is sometimes included in terms such as “public participation in scientific research”, participatory monitoring and participatory action research.
By its definitions, it is clear why Citizen Science is a key enabler of Open Science and, more in general, of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
The workplan of Sci-GaIA does not explicitly include Citizen Science related activities but several services and applications can be used/contributed by citizen scientists. For more information, visit this page and select the roles “I’m a researcher” and/or “I’m a software developer”.