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Developing and implementing Citizen Science projects just got easier! Our Citizen Science Project Builder 2.0

The Citizen Science Project Builder is a web-based tool that allows researchers, students and citizens to jointly develop and implement data analysis Citizen Science projects. Just recently new features were released which make the tool even more powerful and easy to use.

What is the purpose of the Citizen Science Project Builder?

The Citizen Science Project Builder allows the implementation of Citizen Science projects, specifically in the area of data analysis. In such projects volunteers (“citizens”) collaborate with researchers in different kinds of scientific endeavors, from labeling images of snakes to transcribing handwritten Swiss German dialect, or classifying insects and plants. The Project Builder facilitates the implementation of such projects, supporting the collaborative analysis of large sets of digital data, including images and texts (i.e. satellite pictures, social media posts, etc.), as well as videos, audios, and scanned documents.

What makes the tool so special?

The Citizen Science Project Builder features a web interface that requires limited technical knowledge, and ideally little or no coding skills. It is a simple modular “step-by-step” system where a project can be created in just a few clicks. Once the project is set up, many people can easily be involved and start contributing to the analysis of data as well as providing feedback that will help you to improve your project!

What is new?

The new release of the Citizen Science Project Builder allows the building of full-fledged questionnaires for media analysis (including conditions and multiple formats for questions). A brand new functionality allows the geolocation of content on Open Street Map (e.g. mark the location of the content of an image) and also the delimitation of an area of interest (e.g. delimitate green areas). The interface still includes an “expert path” for developers, so if you can code (vue.js) the sky is the limit!

If you want to know more

The Citizen Science Project Builder is built on the open-source crowdsourcing framework PyBossa. The code is publicly available under the ‘CitizenScienceCenter’ organisation on Github.

You can find the Citizen Science Project Builder here

Ursina Roffler

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Digital Tools

Are you planning a project that requires digital data collection? Or do you need help to analyze large amounts of existing data? With our free and open-source Digital Tools you can create and run your own project via a user-friendly step-by-step interface.

Citizen Science Project Builder

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