Making Citizen-Generated Data Work. Towards a Framework Strengthening Collaborations Between Citizens, Civil Society Organizations, and Others
44 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2019
Date Written: November 3, 2017
This report asks what makes citizens and others want to produce and use citizen-generated data.
It demonstrates that citizen-generated data projects are rarely the work of individual citizens. Instead, they often depend on partnerships to thrive and are supported by civil society organisations, community-based organisations, governments, or business. These partners play a necessary role to provide resources, support, and knowledge to citizens. In return, they can harness data created by citizens to support their own mission. Thus, citizens and their partners often gain mutual benefits from citizen-generated data.
But if CGD projects rely on partnerships, who has to be engaged, and through which incentives, to enable CGD projects to achieve their goals? How are such multi-stakeholder projects organised, and which resources and expertise do partners bring into a project? What can other projects do to support and benefit their own citizen-generated data initiatives? This report offers recommendations to citizens, civil society organisations, policy-makers, donors, and others on how to foster stronger collaborations.
Keywords: Citizen-generated data, data collaborations, Sustainable Development Goals
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