SSHOC is pleased to announce the online workshop entitled "Onboarding Citizen Science and the role of research libraries: barriers and accelerators" that will take place on June 23 13:30 - 15.30 CEST at LIBER 2021 Conference.
This workshop will be building on the outcomes of the session “Citizen Science: What it means for SSH and how can multidisciplinarity be achieved?” that took place during the conference “Realising the European Open Science Cloud: Towards a FAIR research data landscape for the social sciences, humanities and beyond.” in November 2020. The session provided an overview of what Citizen Science is, how research libraries have an essential role to play in its deployment through the BESPOC model and other means, acting as knowledge broker and facilitator among others. At the same time, several Citizen Science and crowdsourcing projects/activities were presented. At the panel session, possible collaborations were uncovered and the organisation of a potential second event was suggested with the prospect of addressing the relation and interaction between EOSC, Research Libraries and Citizen Science.
The overarching aim of this workshop is to raise the awareness of the challenges and opportunities in libraries’ involvement with Citizen Science in SSH. It aims to explore the extent to which research libraries can serve as a bridge between researchers and citizens.
An approach based on the sharing of best practices (presentation of case studies by invited speakers), the involvement of participants in the reflection of the respective roles and training needed, complemented by an open discussion, will shape the overall experience. One of the outputs of this workshop will be the production of actionable recommendations (e.g., short report, guidelines) for research libraries, and the SSHOC/SSH communities. We will also propose an outline of the workshop and training sessions (for librarians, researchers, and citizen scientists) that would help participants in implementing those guidelines.
This workshop will be an opportunity to create synergies by involving several projects with which LIBER is directly involved or closely connected (e.g., REINFORCE, INOS, ESCAPE, ESFRI Cluster project).