Digital library

The citizen science network digital library contains a variety of online resources that can help you create and implement citizen science projects:

Information resources provide access to openly available scientific articles, books and other publications, and related services such as repositories and citation indexes.
Publications are some selected articles, guides and manuals on how to create and manage citizen science projects.
Video library contains links to video guides and citizen science presentations.
Tools and accessories covers from global directories of citizen science initiatives, to tools for developing projects, to databases, software, and archives related to citizen science, and extending to geographic information systems.
Open educational resources include online courses and classrooms where you can learn everything from the theory to the practice of citizen science.

Information resources

DiKUL

Openscience.si

Open Research Europe

DOAJ

Screenshot of the portal DiKUL (Digital library University of Ljubljana)

The Digital Library of the University of Ljubljana (DiKUL) is a portal for searching and accessing national and international scientific literature available to UL. While the portal is only fully functional for UL members, all others can use the portal to search the literature and access abstracts and other information about the literature. The literature itself is available for guest access on UL premises.

Screenshot of the portal Openscience.si (Nacional portal of open science)

Openscience.si is a portal for searching and accessing open access articles and other literature in the repositories of Slovenian research institutions. Through this portal, you can access the repositories of four Slovenian universities, some major institutes and some Slovenian subject repositories (specialised in a narrower research field).

Screenshot of the platform Open Research Europe

Open Research Europe (ORE) is a platform for the open publication of scientific articles, including open peer review. It is a different way of publishing compared to articles in peer-reviewed journals. Here, we publish the article on the portal and suggest reviewers. The reviewers then evaluate the article and the author can revise the article until he/she receives a positive evaluation from the reviewers.

Logo of the search engine DOAJ (open global trusted)

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a search engine for open access scientific articles and journals from around the world. The data it contains is collected from various repositories and other open access sources from 130 countries.

DOAB

BASE

CORE

Dimensions

Logo of the portal DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a portal for finding and accessing open and freely available electronic books. It contains over 62,000 scholarly books.

Logo of the database BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

BASE is a database containing information on 300 million documents (scientific articles and others). About 60% of these are open access, so that the full text can be accessed.

Decorative photo of the research article aggregator CORE

CORE is the world’s largest open access aggregator of research articles from repositories and journals. It is a non-profit service dedicated to the mission of open access.

Screenshot of the citation index Dimensions (Linked research data from idea to impact)

Citation index of bibliographic data, largely freely available.

UCL Press

Unpaywall

PLOS

DiRROS Data

Logo of the publisher UCL Press (powered by ScienceOpen)

The UK’s first fully open access university press, founded in 2015. It has quickly established itself as a high-quality open access university press. They have published over 240 open access books and also publish 14 open access journals.

Screenshot of the search engine Unpaywall

Unpaywall is a search engine for open access articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Science or PLOS One, and pre-publication versions of similar works from pre-publication repositories such as arXiv. More specifically, it searches for articles with an identifier called DOI.

Logo of the non-profit publisher in open access PLOS

PLOS is a not-for-profit, open access publisher that empowers researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by transforming science communication.

Screenshot of the Support Centre DiRROS Data

DiRROS Data is the advisory support centre of CTK – the Central Technical Library of the University of Ljubljana – for the responsible handling of research data. CTK offers individual advice on the preparation of a research data management plan, the selection and formatting of data for public sharing, the selection of an appropriate repository and other FAIR research data sharing procedures.

Publications

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

CitiesHealth Toolkit

California Academy of Science Citizen Science Toolkit

Participatory Science Toolkit against pollution

Logo open access journals Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

An open access journal for citizen science researchers and practitioners, published by Ubiquity Press in the USA, focusing on global advances in citizen science. The journal is dedicated to sharing best practices in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of citizen science projects in any discipline that enable public participation in scientific endeavours.

Logo of the interactive collection CitiesHealth Toolkit

An interactive collection of different tools that enable different aspects of citizen science research.

Logo of tools of the California Academy of Science (Citizen Science Toolkit)

The toolkit is designed to help teachers integrate citizen science projects into classroom curricula or extra-curricular programmes. It contains resources – including presentations, literature and worksheets – to help communicate the importance of citizen science to students and to empower and influence them to carry out scientific research.

Screenshot of the toolbox of Participatory Science Toolkit against pollution

A toolkit developed for the ACTION project to make citizen science more open, inclusive and sustainable. It draws on expertise in participatory design, social innovation, open science and social computing.

The Conservation Volunteers’ Guide to Engaging Volunteers in Citizen Science Projects

Natural History Museum Guide to Citizen Science

Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany

Citizen Science at Universities: Trends, guidelines and recommendations

Logo of the report The Conservation Volunteers’ Guide to Engaging Volunteers in Citizen Science Projects

The survey was carried out as part of a Scotland Counts project to provide guidance to those wishing to involve volunteers in citizen science. This report reviews current participation in citizen science, the wider motivations of volunteers, and offers practical hints and tips for engagement and new channels for recruitment.

Logo of the guide Natural History Museum Guide to Citizen Science

The guide is based on detailed information collected and analysed in the framework of the “Understanding Citizen Science and Environmental Monitoring” project in the UK. It helps in planning and implementing a citizen science project related to biodiversity or the environment.

Logo of the strategy Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany

The strategy presents the goals, potentials and challenges of citizen science in Germany and makes recommendations for the development of a national strategy for citizen science.

Logo of the recommendations Citizen Science at Universities Trends, guidelines and recommendations

Recommendations, guidance and analysis needed to implement citizen science projects in universities.

Citizen Science projects: what are they and how do we implement them?

Citizen Science Toolkit for biodiversity scientists

Citizen Science for all: A guide for Citizen Science practitioners

Citizen Science in Your Community: A guide to getting involved

Decorative photo Citizen Science projects: what are they and how do we implement them?

This publication was produced within the framework of the project Active citizenship in times of (post) covid-19, which is implemented by the Institute for Development and Strategic Analysis within the framework of the Small Grants Programme of the American Embassy in Slovenia. The publication is intended to promote citizen science projects in Slovenia.

Logo of the tools Citizen Science Toolkit for biodiversity scientists

The toolkit is aimed at researchers and scientists working in the field of biodiversity or environmental sciences who are involved or interested in involving citizens in their research projects. It informs about the benefits of citizen science and highlights the reasons for carrying out projects. It lists best practices and useful resources in this field.

Logo of the guide Citizen Science for all: A guide for Citizen Science practitioners

The guide describes the principles of citizen science in Germany and how this participatory approach can be applied in different scientific fields. It is intended for those planning citizen science projects as well as for all those involved in such projects.

Logo of the project Citizen Science in Your Community (A guide to getting involved)

Scotland Counts aims to ensure that all community representatives have the opportunity to develop the skills to understand their local environment through citizen science.

Social Media Guide to using social media for Citizen Science Projects

Citizen Science and the Environment: Ideas for your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Citizen Science – Motivations, Progression and Accreditation

Citizen Science science for everyone A guide for teachers and support providers

Logo of the project Social Media (Guide to using social media for Citizen Science Projects)

Part of the Scotland Counts project, analysing the role and potential of social networks in citizen science projects.

Logo of the guide Citizen Science and the Environment (Ideas for your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award)

The guide aims to improve knowledge and awareness of citizen science and the environment and to encourage greater participation in biological monitoring. It was developed for the “What’s Happening?” project, which aims to increase wildlife recording in mountain areas.

Logo of the project Citizen Science – Motivations, Progression and Accreditation

Part of the Scotland Counts project, which analyses the reasons and motivations of citizen researchers for engaging in research.

Logo of the guide Citizen Science science for everyone (A guide for teachers and support providers)

A guide for teachers and teaching assistants to introduce citizen science methods in their work with pupils. It contains resources for using practical (mainly field) research techniques. It helps young people understand and use numerical data and builds confidence in technology. Citizen science improves young people’s connection with nature and involves them in healthy lifestyle activities.

Citizen Science skilling for library staff, researchers, and the public

Library Infrastructures & Citizen Science

Open Science Meets Citizen Science

Logo of the guide Citizen Science skilling for library staff, researchers, and the public

A guide for implementing citizen science projects from the professional association LIBER. The aim is to make available the open infrastructures and open science knowledge and experience that libraries offer for citizen science projects. The guide, the first of four, is designed as a practical toolkit for managing citizen science projects.

Logo of the guide Library Infrastructures & Citizen Science

The aim of the publication is to inspire researchers and the library community to take a second look at the infrastructures around them and how they can be creatively applied to citizen science projects. Open science has already expanded the array of tools and practices used in research infrastructure. The challenge is how to take these one step further for citizen science, in areas such as — expanding acknowledgement of contributor roles, in collecting data, or providing pathways for the use of open access by the public.

Logo of the guide Open Science Meets Citizen Science

The guide covers questions of how to implement open science practices in general in your citizen science project, the ethical considerations for data and citizen’s personal data as is now commonplace from health and fitness wearable devices, an in-depth exploration of the area of open hardware for instruments to use in citizen projects, and a look how the Wikimedia Foundation platforms and programmes intersects with citizen science.

Video library

CSA Webinar: Approaching Informed Consent in Citizen Science: Legal and Ethical Issues

What is Citizen Science?

Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 1: Citizen Science

Pogled na odprto znanost / Focus on Open Science 2020

Screenshot of the video CSA Webinar: Approaching Informed Consent in Citizen Science Legal and Ethical Issues
Screenshot of the video What is Citizen Science?
Screenshot of the video Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 1: Citizen Science
Screenshot of the video Pogled na odprto znanost / Focus on Open Science 2020

Dr Sam Illingworth: The Ten Principles of Citizen Science

Screenshot of the video Dr Sam Illingworth: The Ten Principles of Citizen Science

Tools and accessories

Sci Starter Citizen Science Tools

Sci Starter Project Finder

ArcGIS StoryMaps

Databasin

Logo of database SciStarter (Citizen Science Tools)

The SciStarter Tools database is a searchable list of various tools and instruments (e.g. telescopes, microscopes, GPS modules, etc.) that you can either buy or build yourself.

Logo of project finder SciStarter (Project Finder)

An international search engine for citizen science projects, run by North Carolina State University and Arizona State University in the USA. It also contains many on-line projects that can be accessed from anywhere.

Logo of the tool ArcGIS StoryMaps

A tool that allows you to create dedicated maps and integrate them into different projects and presentations.

Logo of the platform Databasin

Data Basin is a platform that allows you to use maps with a variety of biological, physical and socio-economic data, analyse this data and create your own purpose-built maps, charts and presentations.

QGIS A Free and Open Source Geographic Information System

Google Earth

NASA Worldview

The R Project for Statistical Computing

Logo of the Geographic Information System QGIS

An open source geographic information system (GIS) that allows you to import and export raster and vector cartographic and geospatial material and work in layers. QGIS is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and mobile devices.

Logo of the Satellite Imagery Viewer Google Earth

Google Earth is a 3-dimensional viewer of satellite images of the Earth’s surface. It allows you to view the Earth from any height at any angle. Some locations (e.g. cities) have been specially processed so that vector models of buildings are also visible in the 3D view.

Logo of the Mapping tool NASA Worldview

Worldview is a mapping tool for viewing different types of satellite maps and imagery. Satellite imagery is available showing floods, fires, light pollution, sandstorms, weather events (e.g. hurricane development), land use and much more.

Logo of the programming environment The R Project for Statistical Computing

R is a free software environment or programming language for statistical processing and graphics drawing. It is available for UNIX, Windows and MacOS operating systems.

Jupyter Note Book

GitHub

Zooniverse

Pybossa

Logo of the Open Source project Jupyter Note Book

The Jupyter project is a non-profit, open source project that emerged from the IPython project. It contains tools and software libraries that enable the use of interactive work with scientific data and computing in science. The tools and code are compatible with all programming languages.

Logo of the platform GitHub

GitHub is a developer platform that allows developers (programmers) to store and manage software code, with an emphasis on tracking and controlling different versions of the code. This way, multiple developers can work on the same project without writing over each other. This way of working is also useful for managing other types of data that take the form of different versions.

Logo of the platform Zooniverse

Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for distributed or crowdsourced research, made possible by more than one million volunteers worldwide who help professional researchers by reviewing and analysing research data that modern computers cannot yet analyse well enough (pattern recognition, thinking “out of context”, etc.). This enables research that would not otherwise be possible.

Logo of the platform development tool Pybossa (scifabric)

PYBOSSA is a tool for developing platforms to perform distributed research or enrich data that cannot be processed by machines. It allows data to be collected, analysed and enriched collectively. It is used in museums, galleries, libraries, hospitals, universities and other places where collecting data from users is important.

CitSci

Citizen Science Tools

Logo of the project catalogue CitSci (helping you do great science)

CitSci is a catalogue of citizen science projects edited by Colorado State University. In addition to the catalogue, tools (mobile apps, APIs, etc.) and advice and support for citizen science implementation are available.

Logo of the portal Citizen Science Center Zurich

The Citizen Science Center Zurich offers a set of tools to make it easier for scientists and individuals to collaborate on citizen science projects. The portal offers a mobile app for data collection, instructions for project creation and a small catalogue of projects.

Open educational resources

EU-CITIZEN.SCIENCE Training Platform

Sci Starter: Free Citizen Science Training Modules

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference 

Citizen Science: Gearing Up for Discovery

Screenshot of the platform EU-CITIZEN.SCIENCE Training Platform

EU-Citizen.Science offers a wide range of free training modules on citizen science. The topics of the training modules range from an introduction to citizen science, through research design and methods, engagement and impact, to communication, regulation and ethics.

Screenshot of the platform Sci Starter: Free Citizen Science Training Modules

SciStarter offers free online courses on citizen science, developed by experts from Arizona State University and SciStarter. The modules include training on data literacy, the role of libraries and colleges in citizen science, and ethics in working with data.

Screenshot of the online course Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference

An online course to learn how to build your own citizen science project, how to collect and analyse data on pressing environmental issues, and how citizen science can contribute to solving global environmental challenges.

Screenshot of the online course Citizen Science: Gearing Up for Discovery

An online course for citizens who are not professionals in science but would like to start or join a citizen science project. The course focuses mainly on health-related projects, both in the field of healthy environments and public health.

UCL: Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing: an Introduction

Screenshot of the online course UCL: Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing: an Introduction

This online course covers the theory and practice of citizen science and distributed or crowdsourcing research. During the course you will learn about the history and theoretical foundations of citizen science, as well as the practical aspects of creating and managing a citizen science project.

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