Use and effectiveness of online tools in citizen science projects
Dear Mr/Mrs,
As you are the responsible person for a citizen science project, I would like to ask for your collaboration in this survey. The survey's main goal is to evaluate the use and effectiveness of online tools in the involvement of the public in citizen science projects, as well as to assess how lockdown and social distance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have influenced the use of these tools.

The questionnaire was carried out by members of the research group 'Access and Evaluation of Scientific Information' (Acceso y Evaluación de la Información Científica) of the University of Granada, Spain. Furthermore, the results will be published with the aim of sharing the knowledge acquired with the scientific community and the actors of citizen science.

We will not collect personal data in this survey, as established by the Organic Law on the Protection of Personal Data and the Guarantee of Digital Rights 3/2018. If you have any questions, please contact the researchers and those responsible for managing the data: Lourdes López Pérez and María Dolores Olvera-Lobo at hum466@ugr.es.

Your participation is completely voluntary. You may stop answering at any time, even if you have given your informed consent.

Filling out this questionnaire will not take you more than 15 minutes.
Thank you very much for your collaboration.
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INFORMED CONSENT
I have read and understood the purpose of this study and how I will be involved.
My participation is voluntary
I have the opportunity to ask questions about the investigation.
I am aware that I can withdraw my consent to participate at any time, that I can oppose the processing of my data and require a correction or amendment of the data.
I consent to participating in this research.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Name of the project
Country
Project areas
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Project start and end date
Project website
How many citizens are involved in the project?
CITIZEN SCIENCE THROUGH WEB 2.0
Which is the goal of your citizen science project?
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If you selected 'others' in the previous question, please specify:
Institution responsible for the project
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If you selected 'others' in the previous question, please specify:
Do you use online tools to involve the public in the different phases of the project?
In which phases has the use of these tools been useful?
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Did the use of online tools facilitate the recruitment of participants?
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Specify the causes whether the answer is yes or no.
Recruiting citizens through the Internet so that they participated proved to be...
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If you have marked 'extremely difficult', 'very difficult' or 'difficult', please specify the causes:
Who has been in charge of the participation process through online tools?
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If you selected 'others' in the previous question, please specify:
TYPES OF TOOLS USED
Select which of the following tools you have used in the different phases of the project in order to involve citizens in your project
Have you used websites?
At what stage of the project have you used a website?
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The importance of the website in the development of the project was...
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Have you used Facebook?
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At what stage of the project have you used Facebook?
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The importance of the use of Facebook in the development of the project was...
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Have you used Twitter?
At what stage of the project have you used Twitter?
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The importance of the use of Twitter in the development of the project was...
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Have you used YouTube?
At what stage of the project have you used YouTube?
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The importance of the use of YouTube in the development of the project was...
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Have you used Blogs?
At what stage of the project have you used the blogs?
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The importance of the use of blogs for the development of the project was...
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Have you used apps?
At what stage of the project have you used the apps?
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The importance of using apps in the development of the project was...
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Have you used other online tools that have been useful for the development of the project?
If yes, please specify which ones:
CATEGORIES OF PARTICIPATION
Select the categories of public participation in which you have used the online tools to interact with citizens
Communication. Concerning the use of the Internet for the dissemination of the project *
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Enquiry. Use of Web 2.0 tools to ask citizens about issues of interest that have arisen in one of the research phases
Participation. Use of online tools for citizens participating in the project to collect data, analyze results and even suggest topics
Co-creation. Use of online tools for citizen involvement in the entire research process, from the decision of the topic addressed by the research project to the evaluation of the results *
Required
Testing. Use of the tools for the acceptance of some technology, product or idea *
Required
MECHANISMS FOR PARTICIPATION
Interaction tools used to promote public participation in some of the phases of the scientific process
Surveys. Closed or open question questionnaires to collect public ratings on lines of research
At what stage of the project have you used the surveys?
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Voting. Selection of criteria or objectives for research carried out through public votes such as voting on whether to allocate a given budget to a particular aspect of research.
At what stage of the project have you used the votes?
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Games. Using games specifically designed to collect public opinions or ratings on a particular scientific topic.
At what stage of the project have you used games?
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Educational materials. Using materials designed to educate users about the scientific area which the research project belongs to
At what stage of the project have you used educational materials?
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Forums. Creating debate forums to promote conversation with the public on different aspects related to the research project developed
At what stage of the project have you used forums?
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OPEN QUESTIONS
Do you consider that the Internet and its tools are essential in citizen science projects involving a wide audience?
What are the advantages of using online tools to involve citizens in science?
What are the limits of the Internet and its tools to encourage participation in citizen science projects?
What are the main problems you have encountered using the Internet in your project and how have you solved them?
Have lockdown and social distance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic changed the form of participation?
Have the online tools been used more often to ensure this citizen participation or, on the contrary, have the projects been paralysed by the need for public involvement?
If online tools have been used to encourage participation, which tools have been used and which have been more effective?
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