Citizen Science Commons

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The Problem & Background

In front of the increasing capitalistic and industry driven techno-science world, there is a need to create opportunities for the real advent of a sustainable scientific "third sector". In connection with civil society, the citizen Science movement and the open science movement are contributing to the emergence of a citizen science commons movement, including :

• Alternative economic valorization of research
• bottom-up processes of co-production and valorization of research. • new forms of intellectual property as free licenses
• social and sustainable purposes
• shared governance of scientific knowledge
• shared data and open access
• etc.

We should consider “Citizen Science Commons” seriously, as an alternative to the current market enclosure of scientific knowledge. But also as a way to "bring science into democracy".

Proposal terms

In order to meet those goals, we claim for the following actions :

  1. Support the legitimacy of Citizen Science Commons in Europe ;

  2. Engage resources to incubate alternative economic models (scientific third

  3. Incubate and scale-up alternative governance models towards robust and

  4. Embed Citizen Science Commons within regional resilience initiatives,

Existing experiences (Location & Actors involved)

The following experiences are somehow roughing out the Citizen Science Commons movement :

Science commons, Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN) (USA), Creative commons Organization
Science et biens communs Association (Quebec),
Savoirs communs, VECAM :, Sciences citoyennes (France)

"Sciences as commons" collective experimentation in Lyon (France) including 60 partners (fablabs, artists, researchers, etc). <>
Horizons des Communs in Brittany

Replication & Scaling-up potential

Through the development of Citizen Science Creative Commons, and narrative sharing networks, there is a huge potential for replication of and scaling-up.

Needs to move forward at the European Scale

  1. The potential of this specific grassroots approach to societal innovation deserves a higher consideration. A European scale visibility would be a key leverage ;

  2. There is a need for more inter-connection and cross-fertilization between European initiatives ;

  3. A European juridical framework of recognition for the commons is necessary in order to protect, legitimate and encourage Citizen Science Commons ;

  4. We need directs funds to empower and enable local experiences and practices of commoners.

European Commons Assembly/Policy Proposals