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Side Event: Elevating Citizen Science at GEO - recorded

Mon 29 October from 13:30 to 17:15 in Room D

Recording: Watch here!


Building on last year’s successful side event “The role of Citizen Observatories and Crowdsourcing Community in GEOSS,” this meeting will delve more deeply into how the GEO community can benefit from incorporating citizen science (CS) methodologies more widely. Contributors will: (1) discuss activities already underway to advance the established GEO work plan, (2) consider how GEO can strengthen their involvement in and support for citizen science through partnerships and emerging endeavors, and (3) discuss concrete next steps for advancing  citizen science through GEO.    

Organizers: The Earth Observations and Citizen Science Community Activity:

Contacts: Krystal Wilson (SWF) (; Massimo Craglia (JRC) (; Steffen Fritz (IIASA); Aletta Bonn (UFZ); Anne Bowser (WC); Athanasia Tsertou (ICCS); Bente Lilja Bye (BLB); Deborah Long (UD); Joan Maso (CREAF); Lea Shanley (RENCI); Sven Schade (JRC); Uta When (IHE); Valantis Tsiakos (ICCS)


13:30 – 13:45: Welcome and Introduction to Community Activity (K. Wilson, SWF)

13:45 – 14:15:  Lightening talks—What’s new since the last GEO Meeting?

Moderator (S. Fritz, IIASA)

  • CS Projects related to environmental policy (Massimo Craglia, JRC)
  • Case studies on CS and Earth Observations (Krystal Wilson, SWF)
  • Smart cities and Citizen Science (Evangelos Gerasopoulos, NOA)

Questions & Discussion

14:15 – 15:00: Panel 1: Emerging Initiatives (J. Maso– CREAF)

  • CS, GEO, and high-level frameworks
    • Non-traditional Data Approaches & SDGs (Steffen Fritz, IIASA)
    • Safecast: Seven years of lessons learned for citizen science (Azby Brown, Safecast)
    • Citizen science combined with legacy data sources in the service of disaster resilience (Angelos Amditis, SCENT)

Questions & Discussion

15:00 – 15:45: Panel 2: Emerging Initiatives (Moderator – TBC)

  • CS, GEO and Earth Challenge 2020
    • Intro to Earth Challenge 2020 (Anne Bowser, WC)
    • Data standards and OGC Interoperability Experiment (Joan Maso, CREAF)
    • Relevance to Earth observations (Steffen Fritz/IIASA)

Questions & Discussion

15:45 – 16:00: Break

16:00 – 16:45: Panel 3: Next steps for scaling CS within GEO (Moderator – K. Wilson)

  • What is the role of regional networks?
    • Regional GEO Networks and CS (Stefano Nativi, JRC)
  • Collaboration with other GEO activities
    • GBIF and Citizen Science (Tim Hirsch, GBIF)
    • GEOGLAM and Citizen Science (Sven Gilliams, VITO)

Questions & Discussion

16:45 – 17:00: Closing Discussion