MPE 2013+ International Workshop on Citizen Science

December 14 - 15, 2015
LAMSADE, Université Paris Dauphine

Midge Cozens, DIMACS, Rutgers University, midgec at
Fred Roberts, DIMACS, Rutgers University, froberts at
Juliette Rouchier, LAMSADE, Université Paris Dauphine, juliette.rouchier at
Romain Touret, LAMSADE, Université Paris Dauphine, META Conseil, romain.touret at
Alexis Tsoukiàs, CNRS-Lamsade, Université Paris Dauphine, tsoukias at
Presented under the auspices of the DIMACS Special Program: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+ in partnership with LAMSADE and the Université Paris Dauphine.

Citizen Science has been defined as "public participation in scientific research". It is an increasingly important field involving thousands of volunteers who practice "scientific activities", collect scientific data and disseminate scientific information without being "officially scientists".

The presence of citizen science impacts naturally public policies since it enhances the capacity of any single citizen to be involved in the construction of evidence (about potential policies), and increases participation, data availability and monitoring.

At the same time citizen science is an important challenge both in terms of theory and practice of public decision making. Questions about citizen science occur however.

The workshop aims at opening a discussion among scientists from different perspectives (computer scientists, mathematics modelers, policy scientists, philosophers etc.) on topics including:

The idea for this workshop arose from a workshop on Sustainable Human Environments as part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth2013+ initiative.

The workshop was heavily devoted to the use of data in smart cities and there was considerable discussion of how important ordinary citizens were in contributing data that would lead to decisions aimed at making human environments more livable, more resilient, and more sustainable. This will be an important sub theme of the workshop.

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