About ARCS and citizenscience.se

A Swedish national hub for everyone interested in citizen science (medborgarforskning). That is the aim of the ARCS project, that 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 the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).

The aim of the project is to help Swedish universities to use citizen science in a responsible and sustainable way, to interact with society. The end product will be a national web portal for Swedish citizen science – medborgarforskning.se.

The portal will be launched in May 2019, and will among other features have tools, guidelines and forums for researchers 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. The goal is for the portal to be a natural hub and a resource for everyone interested in citizen science.

Among planned activities in the ARCS project is to make an inventory of current and past Swedish citizen science projects, to explore Swedish researchers’ view of citizen science and to compile 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, Umeå University.

Project Manager is Dick Kasperowski, Associate Professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg.