Workshop WG1: Quality Aspects in Citizen Science- Key recommendations

Workshop WG1: Quality Aspects in Citizen Science- Key recommendations

Type: Working Group Meeting
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Meeting Venue: ESSRG, Impact Hub Budapest, Ferenciek tere 2. Budapest 1053
Date: 11th-12th November 2019
Duration: 2 day

Status: closed
Deadline for applications: 30th October, 2019
Contact: Bálint Balázs


Quality Aspects in Citizen Science – Delivering key recommendations

As COST Action 15212 draws to a close it is important that they key recommendations of the Working Group 1 (Data Quality) are delivered and communicated to all of the stakeholders in Citizen Science. This workshop aims to discuss the most pressing issues in data quality for Citizen Science and synthesise these into recommendations. The work and outcomes from previous WG1 workshop activities will be used as a catalyst for these discussions.
The workshop will include participants who bring practical experiences of data quality in Citizen Science. Indeed, it is intended that participants would be drawn from diverse areas such as Computer Science, Geo-information, Social Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, etc.  

Workshop participants will be expected to take leading roles in finishing the deliverables on methods for data quality and validation in CS and aspects of design approaches for CS projects. The principal mode of activity of this workshop will be a hands-on, discursive and collaborative writing. It is expected that participants will work in small groups on specific tasks during the workshop.
In addition to these deliverables, the original Technical Annex of COST Action 15212 outlines a number of policy briefs are recommended. These policy briefs should be impactful and meaningful briefs which summarise the most important issues for data quality in Citizen Science. We aim to structure these policy briefs using a similar style and format, as developed in a previous WG1 workshop. The policy briefs will consider the principal data quality actors in CS namely: the citizen scientist, users of CS data, CS projects and, policy makers or similar using CS data.
The proposed agenda is there as follows:

Workshop Day 1 (Time)

Workshop Day 1 Activity

09:30 – 10:00

Welcome, introduction and aims of the workshop

10:00 – 10:30

Tour de table – short introductions to all of the participants

10:30 – 11:00

Group Formations – Deliverables on methods for data quality in CS and project design approaches in CS.

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:30

Group writing and group work

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:30

Group progress report back

15:30 – 16:15

Group writing and group work – based on feedback and discussion from report back

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 – 17:30

Summary of group activities – evaluation of progress. Planning for Day 2

19:00 – 22:00

Evening dinner or activity in Budapest (optional)

Workshop Day 2 (Time)

Workshop Day 2 Activity

09:30 – 10:00

Policy Briefs – Planning – What are they? How do we write them?

10:00 – 11:00

Policy Brief groups – group writing and discussion

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:15

Policy Brief group report backs

12:15 – 13:00

Wrap up and Close. Planning on the post workshop writing and other work. What are the deadlines, group leaders, etc? Plans for the final CA event in Antwerp in June 2020

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 17:00

Participants can stay and work at the Impact Hub, if they are need time before going to the airport or train station.


There is a limit of 8 participants at the workshop under the re-imbursement rules. To be considered for invitation to the workshop please send your description (max 250 words) with details on your data quality experience in CS or related areas. Please also outline your willingness to take leading roles in developing and finishing the deliverables described above.

Attendance at previous WG1 workshop events is not required.

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to:

  • Fill out the application form 
  • Prepare and upload a 250-word motivation letter, expressing their interest in the workshop.
  • Prepare and upload a short CV - max 2 pages. In the same document containing the CV, if applicable, describe also their role/contribution in/to the COST Action 15212 (e.g., Working Group Member, contributor to a publication, etc.).
    Please upload your CV and motivation letter in the application form!

The organizing committee will assess the eligible contributions following these criteria:

  • Expertise relevant to this workshop (max. 5 score points).
  • Interest of the submitted contribution to the WG and Action goals (max. 5 score points)


Monday, November 11, 2019 - 09:30 to Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 17:00
Impact Hub Budapest
Ferenciek tere 2