By Raquel Ajates Gonzalez
WeObserve a European consortium of four Citizen Observatories, is inviting you to the final run of its online course “Citizen Science Projects: How to Make Difference”. The course starts on Monday 5th October 2020 and will run for four weeks with three flexible hours of recommended study a week. It will immerse learners in how citizen science projects work and how they generate open datasets created by citizens monitoring their own environment. You can register for free here.
By the end of the course, you will become familiar with citizen science and citizen observatories. Together, we will consider the steps to set up your own citizen science project in your local or online community. We will explore open source tools for data collection and visualisation for relevant issues such as environmental challenges or disaster management. Citizen Science data can be very different from other data you may have collected or dealt with before. This is an opportunity to learn how to develop data collection protocols, train participants and consider appropriate data quality indicators.
Learning with people from all over the world on the FutureLearn platform, you will get a chance to design and model your own project and evaluate the potential of citizen science in bringing about positive change. If you took the course last year, this run will not only refresh your knowledge, but also give you the chance to discover up-to-date course material such as citizen science and global pandemics, and how to set up an Open Data Challenge. You will also get access to new open source downloadable tools. Watch the trailer for the online course here.
We look forward to seeing you on the course!