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EMODnet Biology and LifeWatch ERIC Autumn Data School, Citizen Science Workshop

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Autumn Data School Citizen Science Workshop (©CC-BY)

Historical biodiversity documents comprise an important link to the long-term data life cycle and provide useful insights into several aspects of biodiversity research and management. By rescuing historical data, we better understand the ocean’s past, and we are able to predict the future of ocean life. Participants will be introduced to scientific practices and concepts such as the workflow for a citizen science project, the data standardization process, and the (meta)data curation. In particular, in the morning session there will be the Presentation of the LifeWatch Citizen Science Platform and the Introduction to Zooniverse and Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), while the evening session will be dedicated to the setting up of participant’s Citizen Science projects through Zooniverse. Note that all data generated from this Workshop will be made available through EMODnet Biology and due to established data flows, in OBIS and GBIF as well.

Participants are welcome to bring with them scanned logsheets from cruises they have participated, but in the absence of enough resources, the organising team can make documents available for the project creation in the citizen science platforms

There is an enormous amount of (meta)data waiting to become FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), and citizen science data rescue is a promising resource towards this end. If you are interested in participating, either online or in presence, you can register here.