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Open Access: Citizen Science

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What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science broadly refers to the active engagement of the general public in scientific research tasks. Citizen science is a growing practice in which scientists and citizens collaborate to produce new knowledge for science and society. (The Science of Citizen Science)

Citizen science can be described as the voluntary participation of non-professional scientists in research and innovation at different stages of the process and at different levels of engagement, from shaping research agendas and policies, to gathering, processing and analysing data, and assessing the outcomes of research. (European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, 2020)

Citizen science projects actively involve citizens in scientific endeavour that generates new knowledge or understanding. Citizens may act as contributors, collaborators, or as project leader and have a meaningful role in the projectECSA (European Citizen Science Association). 2015. Ten Principles of Citizen Science. Berlin.

Citizen science is a global movement where individuals, family members, friends, community groups, or anyone does science to address real-world questions. (SciStarter)

European Citizen Science Association on Twitter

Library Contact:

For queries or any suggestions re citizen science please contact:

Jane Nolan
Maps & GIS Librarian
R250, Level 2
James Joyce Library
University College Dublin
Dublin 4

Tel: 01 716 7532

Citizen Science Case Studies with UCD Involvement

iSCAPE - Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe  : Principal Investigator: Professor Francesco Pilla, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy

Information on this project is available in this website article Citizen Science Monitoring of Air Pollution: Challenges and Experiences from the Six iSCAPE Living Labs and in this video.


SmartDeer Ireland : Principal Investigator: Dr Simone Ciuti, School of Biology and Environmental Science

Information on this project is available at this website:


Dublin Tree Map : Dr Gerald Mills and Dr Tine Ningal, School of Geography

The Dublin Tree Map is part of the Mapping Green Dublin project. Download the Dublin Trees GIS Database


The Coastal City Living Lab (CCLLs) is part of the SCORE project and includes a network of 10 coastal city ‘living labs’ that will involve citizens in providing prototype coastal city early-warning systems. The Dublin CCLL is led by UCD. Dr Chiara Cocco, UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.


Ten Principles of Citizen Science

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Online Books available via UCD Library

Citizen Science Articles / Guides / Courses

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