Citizen science engages public participation in scientific research projects. Through the use of web 2.0 technologies and smart phones, it seeks to democratise knowledge that was previously restricted to specific groups.
Barcelona City Council and its Department for Creativity and Innovation, through BCNLab, aim to promote citizen science as it can have a significant impact on the scientific community on an international level. New York, London, Paris and Amsterdam are cities that have developed citizen science projects that have been successful in terms of participation and results.
BCNLab is setting up a Citizen Science Office that will be capable of envisaging a fluent relationship, both participatory and co-responsible, between science and citizens. The Citizen Science Office at BCNLab will bring together different research groups that have several objectives in common: the desire to create common ground for their specific goals and the need to share methods, data collection and results with a broad spectrum of the population.
Citizen science practices need a solid research project and plausible questions that are of interest to the general public. They seek to contribute efficient and effective progress in science, technology and their applications in social and socio-environmental improvements.
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The project is supported by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and RecerCaixa.