Workshop WG 5: On citizen-science ontology, standards and data

Workshop WG 5
On citizen-science ontology, standards & data

at the Citizen Science Workshop Day at Univiersity of Geneva

Maximum number of participants: 25

WG5 focuses on improving the technical foundations to foster the impact of citizen science globally. The objective of this workshop is to develop a metadata-concepts vocabulary and an ontology to support data sharing among CS projects. WG5 coordinates with activities on data and service interoperability carried out in Europe, the USA and Australia, and takes into account existing standards, namely Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards, ISO/TC 211, W3C standards (semantic sensor network/Linked Data), and existing GEO/GEOSS semantic interoperability. The creation of an ontology (including a vocabulary) for describing citizen-science projects, observations and analyses builds upon prior research and existing standards. Any organisation can model its database structure upon this ontology. The goal of the workshop is also linked to the larger objectives of the international Data and Metadata Working Group of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) and the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).


Please notice, there is the possibility to have 2-3 workshop participations financed by the Cost Action.

For self-funded Participants

Self-financing workshop participants simply register using the form on this website (klick "Please fill out the form to register"). Mark the field "Do you need financial support?" with no.

For Particpants who need financial Support

if interested: register using the form on this website (klick "Please fill out the form to register"). Mark the field  "Do you need financial support?" with yes. Prepare a one page (maximum) motivation letter for upload. It shall include the following:

  • A short description of yourself (see additional priority criteria to address) and your motivation to participate.

As only a limited number of participants will be subject to COST full funding, two sets of criteria for participants’ selection are presented below.

General criteria for selection:
expertise in data and metadata representation | expertise in ontology design and management

Additional priority criteria:
Geographical spread | Career stage (particularly involving early career investigators) | Gender balance


Luigi Ceccaroni | lceccaroni [at] earthwatch [dot] org [dot] uk
Imre Lendak | lendak [at] uns [dot] ac [dot] rs

Workshop Report

Can be found here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 13:00 to 16:00
102 Boulevard Carl-Vogt
1211 Genève