A national hub for everyone interested in citizen science (medborgarforskning). That is the aim of the ARCS project, which is currently creating a portal for citizen science in Sweden. ARCS is a collaboration project between the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University and VA (Public & Science).
The aim of the ARCS project is to help Swedish universities to use citizen science in a responsible and sustainable way, to interact with society. The project will result in a national portal, which will also have an English version. It will offer, among other features, tools, guidelines and forums for researchers, citizens and other stakeholders who want to get involved in citizen science. There will also be an interactive directory of all citizen science projects currently running in Sweden.
Planned activities in the ARCS project include making an inventory of current and past Swedish citizen science projects, exploring Swedish researchers’ view of citizen science and compiling best practices for data quality, technical implementations, ethics and communication in citizen science projects.
ARCS is an acronym for “ARenas for Cooperation through citizen Science”. The project is funded by Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency, the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå University. The project is led by Dick Kasperowski, an Associate Professor in the Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg.