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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(9), 277; doi:10.3390/ijgi6090277

Closing Data Gaps with Citizen Science? Findings from the Danube Region

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City of Požega, Department for Communal System and Management, Požega HR-34000, Croatia
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Digital Economy Unit, Ispra 21027, Italy
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All authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Yola Georgiadou, Diana Reckien and Wolfgang Kainz
Received: 23 May 2017 / Revised: 24 July 2017 / Accepted: 11 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovative Geo-Information Tools for Governance)
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Although data is increasingly shared online and accessible for re-use, we still witness heterogeneous coverage of thematic areas and geographic regions. This especially becomes an issue when data is needed for large territories and including different nations, as, for example, required to support macro-regional development policies. Once identified, data gaps might be closed using different approaches. Existing—but so far non accessible—data might be made available; new public sector information could be gathered; or data might be acquired from the private sector. Our work explores a fourth option: closing data gaps with direct contributions from citizen (Citizen Science). This work summarizes a particular case study that was conducted in 2016 in the Danube Region. We provide a gap analysis over an existing macro-regional data infrastructure, and examine potential Citizen Science approaches that might help to close these gaps. We highlight already existing Citizen Science projects that could address a large part of the identified gaps, and suggest one particular new application in order to indicate how a—so far uncovered—gap might be approached. This new application addresses bioenergy as a particular field of the circular economy. On this basis we discuss the emerging opportunities and challenges for this particular way of public participation in regional development policy. We close by highlighting areas for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: Citizen Science; data gaps; spatial data infrastructures; Danube region; European Union Strategy for the Danube Region Citizen Science; data gaps; spatial data infrastructures; Danube region; European Union Strategy for the Danube Region
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Lisjak, J.; Schade, S.; Kotsev, A. Closing Data Gaps with Citizen Science? Findings from the Danube Region. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 277.

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