Osdg Community Dataset: Unraveling the Societal Perceptions Around the Sustainable Development Goals
30 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2023
Citizen science is a scientific practice to address the major sustainability challenges. Previous studies demonstrate that these projects can help monitoring and reporting of the SDGs. However, the number of citizen projects that address SDGs is limited, with ‘superficial’ or ‘non-existent’ engagement from the participants. While global goals are policy concepts, there has been limited research conducted on the diverse perspectives of stakeholders regarding their interpretation. This paper aims to determine how knowledge from citizens could contribute towards the SDGs, by presenting a case study on the analysis of the OSDG community platform, a citizen science platform with more than 2,000 participants. With a set of 40,062 excerpts of text (v2023-01-01), a topic modeling and agreement scores by using CorTexT Manager software is conducted. The results indicate that while some SDGs, such as health or life below water, exhibit higher levels of agreement among the volunteers, others, display discrepancies in certain topics (e.g. zero hunger). At a granular level, particularly with respect to SDG clusters identified, it becomes apparent that issues affecting citizens' daily lives (e.g. in People related goals) have a higher level of agreement among volunteers, while economic issues and directives exhibit greater discrepancies. These results can provide an overview of the plural perspectives of the stakeholders towards their understanding of the goals. Similarly, the results obtained from this study extend the knowledge on the application of citizen science results to study the interests and involvement of the citizens in research community initiatives.
Keywords: Citizen science project, OSDG community platform, SDGs, global goals
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