Finding What You Need: A Guide to Citizen Science Guidelines

García, F.S., Pelacho, M., Woods, T., Fraisl, D. ORCID:, See, L. ORCID:, Haklay, M., & Arias, R. (2021). Finding What You Need: A Guide to Citizen Science Guidelines. In: The Science of Citizen Science. Eds. Vohland, K., Land-Zandstra, A., Ceccaroni, L., Lemmens, R., Perelló, J., Ponti, M., Samson, R., & Wagenknecht, K., pp. 419-437 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-58277-7 10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_21.

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In line with the growth in citizen science projects and participants, there are an increasing number of guidelines on different aspects of citizen science (e.g. specific concepts and methodologies; data management; and project implementation) pitched at different levels of experience and expertise. However, it is not always easy for practitioners to know which is the most suitable guideline for their needs. This chapter presents a general classification of guidelines, illustrating and analysing examples of each type. Drawing on the EU-Citizen.Science project, we outline criteria for categorising guidelines to enable users to find the right one and to ensure that guidelines reach their intended audience. We discuss challenges and weaknesses around the use and creation of guidelines and, as a practical conclusion, provide a set of recommendations to consider when creating guidelines.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Findability; Guidelines; Metadata; Resources
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 08:23
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:34

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