Citizen Science Meetup & Luftdaten workshop

Friday 15 March 2019, 1 pm - 4 pm

At FabLab RUC - building 4.0, Roskilde University, Universitetsvej 1, 4000 Roskilde
Program:
1.00 pm - Experience sharing from Luftdaten.info, Lukas from OK Lab Stuttgart
2.00 pm - The Danish context, Jeppe Juul from The Eco Council
2.30 pm - Group discussion
3.15 pm - Sensor building

The event is free of charge.
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FabLab RUC would like to invite organisations, institutions, activists and students with interest for Citizen Science to a day with talks, discussions and hands-on making. Lets share experiences, discuss technical issues and debate how citizen science can be a contribution to a more sustainable future.

We have invited Lukas from luftdaten.info, Stuttgart to share their experience of working with air quality measurements, open data, citizen science and a wide european community that are using their platform.

Screenshots of the luftdaten.info map. February, 4. February Monday 8.30 am.

Screenshots of the luftdaten.info map. February, 3. February Sunday 2 pm.

Workshop

Our experience tells us that actually building something can be as valuable (sometimes more valuable) than only talking about an issue. Therefore we have purchased 15 luftdaten kits for us to build together here at the lab. We will distribute the kits between us and you will be able to bring it with you and install it on your workplace or in your hometown.

Luftdaten.info kit. www.luftdaten.info

We believe that engaging with environmental monitoring through participatory processes and allowing communities to be involved in collecting data on for example air and water quality can be of high value regarding critical environmental challenges. With IoT, low-priced sensors and accessible platforms it is possible to collect large amounts of data and give citizens tools to engage in emergent political discussions and and engage with a hands-on experience with technology that traditionally has been in the hands of a few. Let’s talk about how to improve this approach to science, create platforms for sharing experiences, kits, visualization models and thereby give local communities easier access and reliable technology to work with.

Measurements from new years evening 2018/1019 at Åboulevard in Copenhagen with a luftdaten sensor

What is Citizen Science

Citizen Science or Citizen Sensing attempts to democratize the collection and use of data often related to environmental issues in local communities by involving citizens in the collection of environmental data. The participants are often involved in building the data collection devices and equip them with sensors, they are also active in collecting the data and provided access to visualization platforms where the collected data is shown, lastly the participants are involved in the discussion of the results.

Engaging citizens in environmental measurements enables the collection of large amounts of information that researchers or fx. NGOs would otherwise not be able to collect alone. In addition to increasing the environmental awareness of the participants, the results of projects that for instance measure air quality, can also give them tools to engage in a political dialogue on a specific local issue.

Although engaging citizens in crowdsourced activities has many potentials, there has also been scepticism to this approach to data collection. The accuracy of low-price sensors that usually are used in citizen sensing projects can fail, the calibration and maintenance of the devices can be difficult to assure and simple visualisations may not show the complexity of the issue being investigated.

Smart Citizen Kit. Project https://smartcitizen.me/ by FabLab Barcelona and Iaac

Phyto-sensor workshop and walk. Project: https://citizensense.net at Goldsmiths University of London

Citizen Science Meeting & Luftdaten workshop

Friday 15 March 2019, 1 pm - 4 pm

At FabLab RUC - building 4.0, Roskilde University, Universitetsvej 1, 4000 Roskilde
More detailed program will follow.
Sign up here

If you have any questions don't exitate to contact Sara at sasd@ruc.dk

FabLab RUC
Department of People and Technology
Roskilde University

Cover picture:
Frackbox Data - https://citizensense.net