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Welcome to the ROSiE training on Responsible Open Science for Citizen Scientists! In this module, we will explore the principles, values, and methods that enable citizen scientists to practice open science with integrity and accountability. 

Citizen science, according to the European Citizen Science Association (ESCA), is "an ‘umbrella’ term that describes a variety of ways in which the public participates in science. The main characteristics are that: (1) citizens are actively involved in research, in partnership or collaboration with scientists or professionals; and (2) there is a genuine outcome, such as new scientific knowledge, conservation action or policy change."

Currently, citizen science is becoming more and more important in different fields of science. For example, in natural sciences, it enables large-scale data collection by involving a vast number of individuals which would be challenging to achieve for traditional research methods within the same timeframe and resources. This training will guide you through the crucial elements of responsible citizen science, including protection of human research participants, plants, animals and ecosystems; rights of citizen scientists; conflicts of interest; quality of research outputs etc. By the end of this training, you will gain a deeper understanding of responsible open science and acquire the following skills and attitudes necessary for responsible practising of citizen science:

The ROSiE Didactic Framework identifies the following four domains for skills and attitudes necessary for responsible practising of open science: (1) local and global citizenship, (2) personal and social responsibility, (3) epistemic skills, and (4) collaborative problem-solving.