Citizen Science in Digital Societies

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

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Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays as never before, science has to account to the no expertise public about its activity. This happens in a context in which technological development increasingly materialises in the digital dimension, specifically through processes like the fusion between cyberspace, the internet and the social and physical world. Currently, the “Digital” is a growing scientific area, and it is no longer an emerging technology, being increasingly acknowledged at the international level (for example, https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/commission-welcomes-agreement-digital-europe-programme-2021-2027).

The training and academic acknowledgement of research networks on the digital topic are being fostered not only by social reality but also, and to a large extent, by the political investment, which is starting to ascribe more and more emphasis to this topic (as principles to be implemented and with increasingly higher funding).

The “Digital” is a politically assumed goal in many regions worldwide (Japan: https://www.jst.go.jp/crds/pdf/en/CRDS-FY2016-WR-13.pdf), which entails and will entail an increase in funding for studies in this area (only by the example that I know best, in the European Union one can realise that the budget (2021-2027) will be extremely high: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/budget-june2018-digital-transformation_en.pdf; ingeneral: https://searchcio.techtarget.com/news/252451812/Digital-transformation-budgets-are-on-the-rise-for-2019).

The “Citizen Science in Digital Societies" aims to analyse, from a disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspective, the impact, influence, potential and challenges of these processes of digitalisation as an integrated individual-virtual technology relationship materialised at the macro, meso and micro-social levels. What's their implications in Citizen Science? The researchers and readers interested in this virtual-real relationship dimension, and its implications in Citizen Science, covering Technology, Exact Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities (encompassing the complementary knowledge of several geographic areas) are the target audience.

Dr. Sandro Serpa
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Use of Social Media Platforms among Adults in the United States—Behavior on Social Media
by Jan Hruska and Petra Maresova
Societies 2020, 10(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10010027 - 23 Mar 2020
Cited by 82 | Viewed by 38988
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Social media has evolved over the last decade to become an important driver for acquiring and spreading information in different domains such as business, entertainment, crisis management, and politics. The increasing popularity of social media raises a number of questions regarding why we [...] Read more.
Social media has evolved over the last decade to become an important driver for acquiring and spreading information in different domains such as business, entertainment, crisis management, and politics. The increasing popularity of social media raises a number of questions regarding why we use it so much and what aspects influence this activity. What about gender? What about education, income, age or social status? This paper answers some of these questions using statistical analyses and by dividing overall social media use into selected social media, i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Twitter. The analysis used a dataset that contains information related to 2002 respondents from the U.S. and their social media activity. The results show that people with high household incomes and high education use social media the most. As age increases, social media use decreases, while bigger household income means that social media are used more. Overall, understanding where and at what frequency users are on social media can be a key competitive advantage. When using social networks correctly for marketing, companies can significantly improve their brand awareness, customer satisfaction, quality, reach, and profit. Full article
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