From the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group.
A guide book of around one hundred pages to be released incrementally in sections before the end of 2021.
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Contributions are warmly welcomed by the editorial board on ideas or examples of connecting the public with research library activities. Different types and sizes of contributions welcome: step-by-step guides, short picture and documentation stories, to pointers to online resources like videos or learning packages. In addition suggestions for sections outline are welcome. The publication will be peer reviewed and has an editorial board as well as external reviewers – details will be announced soon.
The guide is designed to be a practical and compact gateway publication for the purpose of assisting research libraries to start setting up a Citizen Science programme.
Citizen Science for research libraries is a way to build new and more engaged audiences as a way to establish new links between science and society.
The guide will address the unique context of research libraries – as becoming the ‘go to place’ for the new and exciting Open Science data world that is opening up to the wider public.
As a starting point the guide will use the four recommendations for Citizen Science from the LIBER Open Science Roadmap: infrastructures; good scientific practice; guidelines, and; skilling.
The content will be organised around the following four main sections and release in sequential modules for reuse. The top level sections are set but the section contents should be seen as working ideas or suggestions for content.
Infrastructures: As being active in the development of infrastructure for researchers to carry out Citizen Science;
Good [open] scientific practice: as managing bodies around knowledge libraries that can translate good [Open Science] scholarly practice into new Citizen Science fields;
Guidelines: develop guidelines for Citizen Science activities involving the library, and;
Skills: Citizen Science skills development for staff, researchers, and public.
First section will be released mid-April 2021, with the publication released as a first full version by the end of 2021.
The book is intended as a short guide and will be approximately one hundred pages in length. The publication will be produced in conventional and sprint/dash book sprints, as multi-format and multi-channel distribution (print-on-demand, PDF, Webbook W3C+, website, eBook, and as a Jupyter Book – and will be technically designed for reuse, for example in – community translations or in MOOCs. High quality open standards, metadata, and modern sematic/computational publishing are a priority and research interest of the production process.
Book sections will be released incrementally as they are ready. Ideally the book will become a community owned publication with regular updates.
We would like to acknowledge The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science published by SciStarter as an inspiration for the idea for our publication. Additionally The Turing Way from the Alan Turing Institute is worth mentioning as a community model of open science publishing that we look to emulate.
The publication will be produced as an Open Access publication and use Open Science practices – where appropriate – to ensure the research is open and reusable as possible, including: open data, open standards, PIDs, open peer review, open source software, and open methods, etc.
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Ayris, Paul, Bernal, Isabel, Cavalli, Valentino, Dorch, Bertil, Frey, Jeannette, Hallik, Martin, Hormia-Poutanen, Kristiina, et al. “LIBER Open Science Roadmap”. Zenodo, July 2, 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1303002. Page 29.
Mahey, Al-Abdulla, Ames, Bray, Candela, Chambers, Derven, et al. Open a Glam Lab. Doha, Qatar: Digital Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs, 2019. https://glamlabs.io/books/open-a-glam-lab/.
Cavalier, Darlene, Caroline Nickerson, Robin Salthouse, and Dan Stanton, eds. The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science. SciStarter, 2020 (Revised 2021). http://media.scistarter.org/curated/The+Library+and+Community+Guide+to+Citizen+Science.pdf.
Arnold, Becky, Louise Bowler, Sarah Gibson, Patricia Herterich, Rosie Higman, Anna Krystalli, Alexander Morley, Martin O’Reilly, Kirstie Whitaker, and The Turing Way Community. The Turing Way: A Handbook for Reproducible Data Science, 2019. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3233986.
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