January 21, 2022

A New Guide From LIBER: “Citizen Science Skilling for Library Staff, Researchers, and the Public”

From LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries):

The LIBER Citizen Science Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the first section of their Citizen Science for Research Libraries Guide, a four-part book series.

The guide is designed to be a practical toolbox to help run a citizen science project. It has been put together from contributions by members of the research library community and has been thoroughly peer-reviewed.

The first section (Citizen Science Skilling for Library Staff, Researchers, and the Public) focuses on the use of data and this new challenging role for the library — in public engagement and supporting researchers. The guide provides a number of step-by-step guides and concrete project examples. In the guide, you will learn about the different roles for citizens in a project, project management, communication, the use of data and knowledge provided by citizens, questions of FAIR data, and how scientific literacy can be used for co-creation and education in citizen science.

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Citizen science is a key pillar of open science. The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science for the first time creates consensus on definitions and principles for open science. Citizen science plays a variety of roles in the overall open science endeavour of the democratization of knowledge.

Lastly, this guide is part of a themed series of four sections based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap that covers the essentials to support citizen science projects: skills, infrastructures, good practice, and programme development.

Direct to Full Text: Citizen Science Skilling for Library Staff, Researchers, and the Public (HTML Version)

Direct to Full Text: Citizen Science Skilling for Library Staff, Researchers, and the Public (37 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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