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What is the relationship between citizen science and institutional research?

What is the relationship between citizen science and institutional research?
WiQQi sees Citizen Science as independent, non-institutional, full-fledged research. This research is complementary to institutional research.

WiQQi is all-party and seeks the technically and ethically reflective, criteria-oriented discourse. Citizen Sicence is:

  • Independent: Citizen Science is independent of institutional research.
  • Complementary: WiQQi sees itself as a complementary and connecting element to institutional research.

Citizen science can be differentiated into two basic meanings (see Finke 2014, pp. 42-43, see Follett and Strezov 2015, p. 2):

  • Citizen Science light means a dependent form of science. In this model, institutional research assumes that it has to plan, evaluate and control the work of laypeople.
  • Citizen Science proper, on the other hand, is a self-sufficient form of science. It is firmly anchored in society. The layperson does not need control through institutional research.



WiQQi sees itself as a Citizen Science proper,
as self-sufficient. It is about gathering the knowledge and experience that are relevant to daily practice. We want to think about problems and solutions together. Participation in WiQQi is voluntary and ranges from a one-off brief reference (e.g. to a typing error) to the design of methods and projects.
The idea of WiQQi comes from practice. The development and design of WiQQi is determined by practice.

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