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Sustaining Citizen Science beyond an Emergency

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Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney, Sydney 2052, Australia
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Climate and Sustainability Policy Research Group, Flinders University, Adelaide 5042, Australia
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4522; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114522
Received: 27 April 2020 / Revised: 20 May 2020 / Accepted: 29 May 2020 / Published: 2 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Citizen Science and the Role in Sustainable Development)
This commentary explores lessons learned about aspects of citizen science sustainability, such as open data reuse after a project ends or after the urgency of a disaster. It is framed to be consistent with emerging research about how the 2020 pandemic relates to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It argues for the importance of open data in citizen science, both in platform design and in citizen science outputs, to support sustainability beyond a funding cycle or emergency. This commentary discusses open datasets developed during the Ebola outbreak response in 2014 and the role of collaborative repositories in enabling uses beyond a single project. How citizen scientists can creatively contribute in ways aligned with humanitarian disaster response aims is explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: citizen science; crowdsourcing; PPE; SDGs; emergency response; disaster response; pandemic; open data; open source; sustainability; collaborative learning; disaster response; Ebola; Pybossa; GitHub; public health citizen science; crowdsourcing; PPE; SDGs; emergency response; disaster response; pandemic; open data; open source; sustainability; collaborative learning; disaster response; Ebola; Pybossa; GitHub; public health
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Calyx, C. Sustaining Citizen Science beyond an Emergency. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4522.

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