The Training School will take place at Fattoria di Maiano – Fiesole (Italy) from 7th to 11th July 2014. It will be devoted to the commonality and differences between Citizen Science and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). Many Citizen Science activities are geographical (e.g. ecological observations at a specific location) while many VGI activities focus on collecting facts, identifying patterns or asking questions about a locale and therefore have similarities with science activities. Therefore issues of participation and public engagement, data quality, data integration and the analysis of information that emerge from these activities have a lot in common. The week activities will be articulated in practical scientific activities where participants will actively contribute with their knowledge, intellectual effort or with their tools and resources. Topics will cover collective intelligence, quality assurance, methodologies for data analysis, interoperability with official data sources, sustainability, governance, funding, and evaluation and impact measurements. Facilitators will provide experimental data and facilities for researchers, raise new questions and co-create a new scientific culture. Under the support of the facilitators, participants will be encouraged to explore new directions in their research, test methods from other disciplines, and experience data collection activities themselves. The summer institute is open to a wide range of citizen science and VGI activities including biodiversity/conservation observations and recording; volunteer computing that involves geographic information; volunteer thinking where the tasks are geographical location-specific; Do It Yourself (DIY) science; and community/civic science.
This is an activity organised by COST Action IC1203 ENERGIC in collaboration with the VESPUCCI INITIATIVE taking place in Fattoria di Maiano, Fiesole Firenze on 7-11 july 2014.