Agile User Interaction in „Citizen Science“ –
Building the BAYSICS IT Infrastructure
Citizens create science: recent social and technological developments pave the way to include citizens in research in new ways. The digitalization of our society enables and demands new levels of civil participation in scientific projects. The internet and new mobile communication devices revolutionize citizen participation and education worldwide. Combined with simple and cheap sensors for data collection they form a key requirement for citizen science projects. Currently however, a flexible IT infrastructure is missing, that offers more than the simple exchange about projects, especially in the environmental sciences.
To enable more agile developments, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre will create an infrastructure tailored to the application. A multitude of modular tools will support scientists and scientific laymen to work on various research questions. This toolbox could be comprised of various tools, for example online learning and interview platforms or social media tools. The open structure will enable us to include other projects from the BayKlif network or integrate new tools.
Finally, the topic of visualization plays a key role in the project. On the one hand, it will help scientific analyses, but on the other hand, it will also illustrate data and interconnections for policy makers and for the public. For scientific purposes, visualizations need to present measured or simulated data in a way that enables scientists to draw new knowledge from them. However, within this project, we also target the public, requiring an intuitively understandable and instructive presentation.