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Knowledge Translation and Its Interrelation with Usability and Accessibility. Biocultural Diversity Translated by Means of Technology and Language—The Case of Citizen Science Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

Centre for Translation Studies, University of Vienna, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010054
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 15 December 2020 / Accepted: 17 December 2020 / Published: 23 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Citizen Science and the Role in Sustainable Development)
Translation plays an important role in all areas of human activity. Despite its primary role of overcoming language barriers, it is used as an analogy for activities that require transfer, mediation, or negotiation of meaning. Knowledge translation is a concept that links knowledge to action, which is also at the heart of citizen science. Several studies have highlighted the ways in which citizen science can contribute to the definition, monitoring and implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although these studies emphasized the importance of data contributions for SDG reporting and monitoring purposes, this paper applies the concept of knowledge translation to citizen science for achieving the SDGs based on the conceptual framework provided by translation studies. Knowledge translation, citizen science, and the SDGs have their focus on actions and negotiations in common. Citizen science can, thus, be regarded as a mediator between science and the SDGs or a mediator between the public and policymakers. Exemplified by biocultural diversity, this paper analyzes the application of knowledge translation to the SDGs in and through citizen science. Citizen science guided by the SDGs requires different forms of knowledge ((and) translation) that are usable, accessible, and meaningful. View Full-Text
Keywords: translation; knowledge; citizen science; SDGs; knowledge management; knowledge co-production; knowledge transfer; biocultural diversity; terminology translation; knowledge; citizen science; SDGs; knowledge management; knowledge co-production; knowledge transfer; biocultural diversity; terminology
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Heinisch, B. Knowledge Translation and Its Interrelation with Usability and Accessibility. Biocultural Diversity Translated by Means of Technology and Language—The Case of Citizen Science Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability 2021, 13, 54. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010054

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Heinisch B. Knowledge Translation and Its Interrelation with Usability and Accessibility. Biocultural Diversity Translated by Means of Technology and Language—The Case of Citizen Science Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):54. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010054

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Heinisch, Barbara. 2021. "Knowledge Translation and Its Interrelation with Usability and Accessibility. Biocultural Diversity Translated by Means of Technology and Language—The Case of Citizen Science Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 54. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010054

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