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Earthwatch Europe and project MICS

Overview of MICS:

MICS brings together six partners to develop an integrated platform of metrics and instruments to measure costs and benefits of citizen science.  These metrics will consider the impacts of citizen science on the following domains:

  • Society: impact on society and individuals as well as collective (societal) values, understanding, actions and well-being (including relationships).
  • Economy: impact on the production and exchange of goods and services among economic agents; on entrepreneurial activity; economic benefits derived from data, e.g. for the public good or for the benefit of private sector actors.
  • Environment: impact on the bio-chemical-physical environment, e.g. on the quality or quantity of specific natural resources or ecosystems.
  • Science: impact on the scientific process (method) as well as research more broadly; on the scientific system (institutions; science policy; incentive structures), scientific paradigms and resulting technological artefacts (e.g. sensors, apps, platforms) and standards.
  • Governance: impact on the processes and institutions through which decisions are made, both informal and formal (e.g. public policy), and on relationships/partnerships, as well as the governance of data generated.

The MICS project (Developing metrics and instruments to evaluate citizen-science impacts on the environment and society) adopts and adapts the best practice generated by the Ground Truth 2.0 project in the co-creation of hands-on citizen science, validated in four case-study sites across Europe, resulting in a comprehensive conceptual framework and clear recommendations for those involved in citizen-science projects. The four sites (in the UK, Italy, Hungary and Romania) explore the co-creation of citizen science in regions with differing needs, contexts, and approaches to environment management (for example, river restoration and nature-based solutions), and with various levels of citizen-science application.

You can follow MICS through their website, for more information.