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Decalogue of Best Practices

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Any project interested in collaborationg with the Barcelona Citizen Science Office must sign up to the following points:



Projects within this category involve the generation of new knowledge with active citizen participation in at least one stage of the research process. Projects must see the citizen as an essential part in carrying out the planned research.



Projects undertaken must meet one of these 4 levels of citizen participation:

  • Level 1. Crowdsourcing. Citizens gather or process data.

  • Level 2. Distributed intelligence. Citizens interpret data.

  • Level 3. Participatory science. Citizens participate in defining the problems, challenges, objectives and data gathering.

  • Level 4. Collaborative science. Citizens design the research to be carried out with scientists. The research must have a direct impact on the citizen's immediate environment and may give rise to highly-specific actions in the city.



Projects must seek to ensure that the research has a social and environmental impact and is capable of providing guidelines for public policies at local and country levels.



The projects and the institutions that promote them will promote policies of equal treatment and opportunities between men and women that make it possible to combat any discrimination and harassment based on sex, both in the scientific environment and in any other area of society.



Insofar as possible, projects must make an effort to:

  • establish access protocols and plans that are practical and capable of generating a shared repository of open and accessible data;

  • duly document (by establishing plans and protocols) programming codes to work towards the generation of a shared, open repository;

  • maintain a policy of open science and use Creative Commons licenses to enhance replicability;

  • seek to create experimental shared platforms, whether shared tools (programming or technological devices) or experiments designed on the same basis to produce sustainable scientific activity.



The project leaders must combine strict research with communication action integrated in the activity and do so organically in order to make the results and the research process understandable to non-expert citizens.



Projects must communicate the research results to the citizens participating in the set of experiments and fieldwork, preferably before they are communicated to anyone else.



All of the participating groups are invited to support the office's community of practice:

  • making the progress with their project and interests known and keeping the rest of the groups informed about them;

  • actively participating in regular meetings of the office to encourage networking and open and participatory governance.



Projects must actively contribute to the visibility of all of the office's projects and cross-disciplinary activities generated.



All of the people involved are encouraged to create an environment of trust, collaboration and non-competitiveness.


Projects and their members must follow the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) behavioural guidelines promoted by the European Union and be in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by UNESCO.

Barcelona, updated June 2020

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