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Open Science and Citizen Science

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Open Science and Citizen Science

Open Science and Citizen Science - a symbiotic relationship? A juxtaposition of core concepts

Vohland, K., & Göbel, C. (2017). Open Science und Citizen Science als symbiotische Beziehung? Eine Gegenüberstellung von Konzepten. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis / Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice, 26(1-2), 18-24. 

This article analyzes core attributes of the concepts of Open Science and Citizen Science in European science policy and relates them to one another. Both concepts postulate and advocate a future opening of science – with Open Science policy focusing on the research process and the conceptualization of Citizen Science placing more emphasis on the actors and their interactions. Both approaches claim transparency with regard to both the research process itself and its results. There are synergies in terms of the involvement of citizens and the accessibility of research results and processes. And there are risks when Citizen Science is merely instrumentalized without allowing for effective participation by citizens.

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