In the April issue of our blog series on Citizen Science, we present one of our partner projects, Mosquito Alert, which is a non-profit Citizen Science project based on an international collaboration coordinated by various state research centres, including the University of Pécs. We spoke with Kornélia Kurucz PhD, who represents UPécs and participates in the project.
“Citizen Science plays an important role in the democratization of science as the ivory tower of scientific research is brought closer to the public through open science and freely available information.” The quote comes from Gaálné Kalydy Dóra, who is the Deputy Director General of the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a member of LIBER Citizen Science Working Group. In addition to the management of the library’s daily work, she is also responsible for the renewal of traditional library services. Here you can read an interview with her about Citizen Science, a trend that is increasingly attracting European – including Hungarian – researchers and universities as well.
One of our library working groups has been working for some time on the mapping of Citizen Science projects in Hungary and Europe, with particular interest on Pécs of course.
In connection with this, we are starting a series of blogs entitled “Link to knowledge”, serving as a framework of our work, while trying to present as many projects as possible through interviews, as well as offer a place to learn about the concept and possibilities of Citizen Science.
In our first article, we present the idea of Citizen Science and the current activities of our working group.