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Seeking volunteers to co-design citizen science

Are you interested in nature, biodiversity, the environment as well as technology? Would you like to contribute to the development of technological services for citizen science? 

The Open University is a partner in Cos4Cloud (, a European project which seeks to boost these technologies, and you are invited to join the first two Cos4Cloud project co-design sessions. iSpot: your place to share nature (, the OU’s citizen science platform for biodiversity, is one of the key citizen observatories that are part of this initiative.

The first workshop on Wednesday March 10, 2021 focuses on the Cos4Cloud Mobile Observation Integration Service (MOBIS) a service that will allow citizen scientists to customize their own project by collecting and combining all sorts of useful information from photographs or low-cost sensors linked to a mobile website or a native app platform.

This workshop is targeted at developers’ individuals with a technical background are invited to attend i.e. developers, developers from citizen observatories, phyton, R and Linux developers, front end and back office developers and mobile apps developers, citizen observatory designers, technology designers, etc.

The second workshop on Thursday, March 11, 2021 invites anyone to contribute to co-design Cos4Bio & Cos4Env platforms, two online platforms aimed at integrating observations on biodiversity (Cos4Bio) or environmental (Cos4Env) monitoring from various citizen observatories, potentially an enormous number of observations.

To register go to:

By joining you will enjoy informative, fun and creative sessions while directly contributing to citizen science technologies' improvement. You will also be able to give your opinion and share your needs and requirements to maximize the technological services that Cos4Coud is developing. Interested, but unable to participate in the workshops?

If you can't make the workshops, you can still join the Cos4Cloud co-design community and get involved when you can. Go to: for more information and to sign up.

For information about the OU’s involvement or to have an informal chat about getting involved contact Janice Ansine.


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