The extensive prior expertise and interaction with stakeholders of the academic partners underline the timeliness of societal valorisation of citizen observatories. We have been able to distill the most important obstacles for stakeholders in adopting citizen observatories, and have embedded them in the structure of this project.
- ICT-agnosticism. By far the largest obstacle is the unscalability of current approaches w.r.t. software engineering efforts (mobile, web, data analysis). Stakeholders lack the strong technical background required to set up their own observatories; platform engineers cannot keep up with the demand for and variability in campaigning requirements. FLAMENCO will provide end-user centric tools for instantiating new citizen observatories and running campaigns. I.e., FLAMENCO will hide a major part of the technical burden that would otherwise be needed to set up the necessary infrastructure.
- Best practices. Even with infrastructure in place there is a lack of knowledge on how to run campaigns successfully, in terms of engaging volunteers, translating concerns into campaign recipes and ensuring overall data quality. FLAMENCO will consolidate its partners’ expertise in campaigning aspects to establish these best practices. In particular the sociological partner involved will provide stakeholders with structured psycho-sociological tools (a.o. based on privacy assessment and game-elements) to set up campaigns in an engaging, empowering and inclusive manner.
- Governance. Even with infrastructure and data in place, a third issue remains: stakeholders need to lift campaign outcomes to meaningful statements for policy support. Therefore, FLAMENCO will pay particular attention to developing participatory sensing-enabled socio-economic evaluation and decision tools. Concretely a health impact calculator and external cost calculator will be elaborated in the context of environmental monitoring and sustainable mobility respectively.
FLAMENCO’s valorisation strategy is summarised in a valorisation matrix that lists the implementation of concrete valorisation techniques to achieve six valorisation trajectories:
- establishing the reconfigurable citizen observatory platform itself,
- engaging citizens and creating improved awareness w.r.t. the data gathered,
- designing successful participatory campaigns,
- translating data into knowledge useable for policy support,
- real-world campaigning, including campaign outcomes and unanticipated citizen observatory initiatives, and
- paving the way for post-project activities.