Co-designing an ecosystem for impactful and sustainable citizen observatories

Wehn, U., Bilbao, A., Gold, M., & Hager, G. ORCID: (2021). Co-designing an ecosystem for impactful and sustainable citizen observatories. In: Living Knowledge Online Festival 2021, 28 June - 2 July 2021.

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Project: An Ecosystem of Citizen Observatories for Environmental Monitoring (WeObserve, H2020 776740)


Citizen Observatories (COs) are community-based environmental monitoring initiatives that involve individuals in data collection and sharing observations, typically via mobile phone or the web, and empower communities to monitor and report on the local environmental issues that concern them. The data gathered can enhance the understanding of environmental issues, inform environmental management decision making & policy making, and can even inspire behaviour change amongst the participants and communities engaged. In this development workshop, we build on the work of the recently concluded WeObserve project ( ) to tap into the collective intelligence of the crowd by inviting participants to share their experiences as stakeholders in the aims of citizen observatories (community member, participant, policy maker, CSO, researcher, educator, etc) in order to design the ideal ecosystem for citizen observatories, and produce a list of recommendations of the steps or support needed to bring this about.​ Participants are able to exchange experiences and learn from similar initiatives in terms of obstacles encountered, ways in which different initiatives have overcome these and jointly pave the way for an enabling ecosystem of citizen observatories and similar innovative knowledge co-creation initiatives. The desired outcome is to obtain insights into the required ecosystem for citizen observatories at the local, provincial and national levels, especially with respect to its functioning, gaps and needs for creating a (more) enabling environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 08:21
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 08:21

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