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LIBER Citizen Science Working Group

Citizen Science for Research Libraries – A Guide

The LIBER Citizen Science Working Group is pleased to announce the Citizen Science for Research Libraries – A Guide, which is to be released incrementally in sections before the end of 2021 and as a peer-reviewed Open Access publication.

Read more about this publication below.

Mission Statement

The guide is designed to be a practical and compact gateway publication for the purpose of assisting research libraries to start setting up a Citizen Science programme.

Citizen Science for research libraries is a way to build new and more engaged audiences as a way to establish new links between science and society.

The guide will address the unique context of research libraries – as becoming the ‘go to place’ for the new and exciting Open Science data world that is opening up to the wider public.

As a starting point, the guide will use four recommendations for Citizen Science from the LIBER Open Science Roadmap: infrastructures; good scientific practice; guidelines, and; skilling.

Contents

The content will be organised around the following four main sections and release in sequential modules for reuse:

  1. Skills: Citizen Science skills development for staff, researchers, and the public – section editor Jitka Stilund Hansen, Technical University of Denmark (release date July 2021).
  2. Infrastructures: As being active in the development of infrastructure for researchers to carry out Citizen Science – section editor Kirsty Wallis, University College London (release date Sept 2021).
  3. Good [open] scientific practice: as managing bodies around knowledge libraries that can translate good [Open Science] scholarly practice into new Citizen Science fields – section editor Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, Open Humans Foundation (release date Sept 2021).
  4. Guidelines: develop guidelines for Citizen Science activities involving the library – section editor Paul Ayris, University College London (release date Nov 2021).

Editorial

Co-editors-in-chief:

Simon Worthington simon.worthington@tib.eu ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8579-9717 | and

Thomas Kaarsted thk@bib.sdu.dk. ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6796-5753

Editorial Committee

Paul Ayris (Chair) ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6273-411X;

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9925-9623;

Jitka Stilund Hansen ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5888-1221, and;

Kirsty Wallis ORCID iD:0000-0002-9570-6174 .

Production

The book is intended as a short guide and will be approximately one hundred pages in length. The publication will be produced as multi-format and multi-channel (print-on-demand, PDF, Webbook, website, eBook, and as a Jupyter Book – and will be technically designed for reuse, for example in – community translations or in MOOCs.

Book sections will be released incrementally as they are ready. Ideally, the book will become a community-owned publication with regular updates.

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science published by SciStarter as an inspiration for the idea for our publication. Additionally, The Turing Way from the Alan Turing Institute is worth mentioning as a community model of open science publishing that we look to emulate.

An Open Science publication

The publication will be produced as an Open Access publication and use Open Science practices – where appropriate – to ensure the research is open and as reusable as possible, including: open data, open standards, PIDs, open peer review, open source software, and open methods, etc.

© 2021 the authors. All content licensed Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0), unless otherwise stated. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Publication source: https://github.com/CitSci-WG/guide

References

Ayris, Paul, Bernal, Isabel, Cavalli, Valentino, Dorch, Bertil, Frey, Jeannette, Hallik, Martin, Hormia-Poutanen, Kristiina, et al. “LIBER Open Science Roadmap”. Zenodo, July 2, 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1303002. Page 29.

Cavalier, Darlene, Caroline Nickerson, Robin Salthouse, and Dan Stanton, eds. The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science. SciStarter, 2020 (Revised 2021). http://media.scistarter.org/curated/The+Library+and+Community+Guide+to+Citizen+Science.pdf.

Arnold, Becky, Louise Bowler, Sarah Gibson, Patricia Herterich, Rosie Higman, Anna Krystalli, Alexander Morley, Martin O’Reilly, Kirstie Whitaker, and The Turing Way Community. The Turing Way: A Handbook for Reproducible Data Science, 2019. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3233986.