04 June 2018 - 06 June 2018
2nd International ECSA Conference
Geneva, CH

WeObserve introduces communities of practice for citizen observatories

The WeObserve project will launch its first three Communities of Practice related to Citizen Observatories

On 6 June 2018, the H2020 WeObserve project, coordinated by IIASA, will launch its first three Communities of Practice (CoPs) at the University of Geneva, during three dedicated sessions at the Citizen Science Workshop Day of the 2nd International ECSA Conference.

The WeObserve CoPs will serve as the vehicle for sharing information on key thematic topics related to Citizen Observatories (COs), thereby consolidating knowledge about COs to move citizen science into the mainstream of environmental management and decision making. The event is an opportunity for participants to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in the field of citizen science and COs.

The partners behind the LandSense COs are invited to share and leverage their ideas, knowledge, and experiences with others in the field, and work towards concrete solutions in citizen science.

Much of the emerging experience with COs is currently dispersed across various stakeholders. To consolidate this knowledge and expertise, the WeObserve project is launching and coordinating the following three dedicated Communities of Practice (CoPs):

  • CoP 1: Co-design and citizen engagement
  • CoP 2: Impact and value of COs for governance
  • CoP 3: Interoperability and standards for citizen observatories

Registration for the CoPs launch workshop can be found here, and more information about the event can be found at the WeObserve website.

The last decade has seen a rise in citizen science and crowdsourcing initiatives for environmental monitoring. In the EU, efforts have been channeled into developing Citizen Observatories (COs), which have been supported by the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and continue to be funded under Horizon 2020 (H2020). COs are a means by which communities can monitor and report on their environment and access information that is easily understandable for decision making. Among these COs is the IIASA-led LandSense initiative, focused on delivering a modern citizen-driven platform for land use and land cover monitoring. To consolidate ongoing citizen science efforts, the WeObserve project aims to bring together the current set of European H2020 COs, enabling improved coordination between them and promoting their related activities at regional, European, and international levels. WeObserve will coordinate the delivery of needed CO knowledge to avoid duplication, share best practices, and identify barriers and synergies. This framework will also promote standards to ensure interoperability, maximize impact, and facilitate uptake by environmental authorities. We Observe is coordinated by IIASA and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 776740

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