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Application of Modern Web Technologies to the Citizen Science Project BAYSICS on Climate Research and Science Communication

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Science and Humanities, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7748; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187748
Received: 25 July 2020 / Revised: 16 September 2020 / Accepted: 16 September 2020 / Published: 19 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Citizen Science and the Role in Sustainable Development)
Participatory sensing has become an important element in citizen science projects. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as web platforms and mobile phones can generate high-resolution data for science and progress assessment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (e.g., SDGs 11, 13, and 15). This paper gives an overview of web technologies in citizen science and illustrates how these technologies were applied in the citizen science project BAYSICS (Bavarian Citizen Science Information Platform for Climate Research and Science Communication) in Bavaria, in the south-eastern part of Germany. For the project, three digital platforms were developed: a website, web portal, and mobile application, each of which fulfills different tasks based on the project’s needs. The website informs visitors about the project structure, makes the project known to the community, and advertises the latest activities. The web portal is the main interface for citizens who want to join and actively participate in the project. The mobile application of the web portal was realized in the form of a progressive web application, which allows installation on a mobile phone and is connected with offline access to the content. The provision of an IT service for participatory sensing-based research which covers a development package, including a database, website/web application, and smartphone application, is further discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: citizen science; web technology; environmental awareness citizen science; web technology; environmental awareness
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Batsaikhan, A.; Hachinger, S.; Kurtz, W.; Heller, H.; Frank, A. Application of Modern Web Technologies to the Citizen Science Project BAYSICS on Climate Research and Science Communication. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7748.

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