Published June 11, 2019 | Version 1.1
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Quality criteria catalogue for citizen science projects on Österreich forscht – Questionnaire for project managers

  • 1. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • 2. Centre for Social Innovation
  • 3. University of Graz
  • 4. Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OEAD) / Centre for Citizen Science
  • 5. University of Salzburg
  • 6. International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA)
  • 7. University of Vienna
  • 8. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • 9. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ | Deutsches Zentrum für Integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
  • 10. Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG)
  • 11. Open Knowledge Maps
  • 12. FWF Austrian Science Fund
  • 13. Technopolis Group
  • 14. Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • 15. University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
  • 16. Blühendes Österreich – REWE International gemeinnützige Stiftung
  • 17. Österreichisches Kuratorium für Landtechnik und Landentwicklung (ÖKL)
  • 18. Museum für Naturkunde Berlin / Bürger schaffen Wissen


In the course of one year the working group for quality criteria of the Citizen Science Network Austria developed a catalogue of criteria for citizen science projects on the platform Österreich forscht. From this catalogue questions were generated, which should help the project leaders of projects in Austria to fulfil the criteria. By answering the questions, important topics are addressed during the implementation of a project and can thus also be considered by the project management. On the other hand, the answers help potential project participants to make an informed decision about participation on the basis of the information presented. Project leaders receive this catalogue of questions and send the answers back to Österreich forscht. The platform coordinators read the answers, consult with the Working Group for Quality Criteria if necessary and contact the project leaders in case of ambiguities for clarification and possible assistance. The aim of this process is not to exclude individual projects, but to jointly ensure the quality of the citizen science characteristics of the projects and eventually even increase them. An open dialogue and exchange and a respectful interaction between all participants is the prerequisite for this.



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