UNESCO Open Science update and an invitation to comment

UNESCO Open Science update and an invitation to comment

Collaboration & partnerships
Please note the short feedback time of November 30 for individual comments on the Community of Practice Statement discussed below. Please contact Libby for more extended conversations.  Background on the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science At the 40th session of the UNESCO general conference, held in October 2019, 193 Member States charged UNESCO with developing an international standard-setting agenda for open science in the form of a legally binding Recommendation. The goal of the Recommendation is to “define shared values and principles for Open Science, and identify concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data, with proposals to bring citizens closer to science and commitments to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge around the world.” In total, 14 input papers from organizations including the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), Committee…
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Global Citizen Science practitioners invited to contribute to UNESCO’s 2021 initiative to promote Open Science

Global Citizen Science practitioners invited to contribute to UNESCO’s 2021 initiative to promote Open Science

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Social research in CS
Open Science, the movement working to make research more accessible and transparent, has been developing since the late 1990s. Citizen Science, has been developing in parallel and benefits from many of the technological advances that have allowed Open Science to flourish. As our networks have been working hard to raise the profile, understanding and uptake of Citizen Science so those encouraging the practice of Open Science have been doing the same with increasing success. Now with an understanding of the importance of the widespread collaboration of communities and science to address urgent planetary challenges, UNESCO has identified the need to encourage science to be more connected to societies’ needs and to offer real opportunities to allow everyone to participate and benefit from what science can offer. They have established a…
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Citizen Science perspectives on Open Science – questionnaire

Citizen Science perspectives on Open Science – questionnaire

Collaboration & partnerships
UNESCO is developing a global policy and regulatory agenda on Open Science (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science) that will include Citizen Science as one important pillar. We have created a Citizen Science & Open Science Community of Practice (CoP) within the Citizen Science Global Partnership to establish a cooperation with UNESCO on that initiative. The first request of this partnership with UNESCO is to produce a short paper by the end of May 2020.  The paper shall reflect the Citizen Science perspective on Open Science and its development in future. If you would like to get involved in the Community of Practice, or to contribute to the paper, please contact Libby Heburn on 0458 798 990. For more information on the UNESCO Open Science agenda please click here.
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UN Science Policy Business Forum & UNEA4, Nairobi March 2019

UN Science Policy Business Forum & UNEA4, Nairobi March 2019

Conferences, Meetings and Events
Report of the citizen science delegation to the UN Science Policy Business Forum and UN Environment Assembly 4 Nairobi March 2019 By Libby Hepburn Amongst a cast of thousands from across the globe, the citizen science delegation in Nairobi included 20+ representatives from the global citizen science community, Europe, US, Australia, Africa, Madagascar, Asia, South America….The focus of our big delegation was for strong advocacy across as many sessions as possible to promote citizen science as a valuable and significant provider of data towards the SDGs, bringing in local knowledge and changing behaviours. [caption id="attachment_14649" align="aligncenter" width="772"] Representatives from the global citizen science community in Nairobi[/caption] Building on the great work done in 2017, when citizen science was really introduced as an important concept, the citizen science team was again…
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Citizen Science on the world stage at UNEA4 in Nairobi

Citizen Science on the world stage at UNEA4 in Nairobi

Collaboration & partnerships, Meetings and Events
By Libby Hebpurn The Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) will have a delegation of 15 contributing to the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum (SPBF) on the Environment  and the United Nations Environment Assembly 4 to be held in Nairobi from March 8 – 13th. We will have representatives of the major citizen science associations in Africa, Asia, USA, Europe and Australia and this year, citizen science is firmly on the agenda in both sessions. This is significant for the development of the movement as these are the major policy forums for world-leading actions on the environment and this year the theme of the SPBF is; Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. Recommendations from the Forum inform the UN Environment Assembly and the UN’s work on the Sustainable Development…
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Martin Brocklehurst in Australia: Citizen Science advocacy and insights at a global level

Martin Brocklehurst in Australia: Citizen Science advocacy and insights at a global level

Blogs
By Libby Hepburn Martin Brocklehurst’s instructions to me were to fill his visit with as many important and influential people as possible, who might help develop citizen science in Australia – so I did. The result has been an amazing journey with global and local insights into a multitude of citizen science initiatives and a hugely positive and energised response from people across the country. It’s a great time for citizen science! Martin Brocklehurst is one of the Founders of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), Chair of the ECSA Policy working group, instigator of the Global Mosquito Alert Consortium (GMAC) and has played a key part in the formation of the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP). His illustrious career has included high level government appointments in the Environment Agency…
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