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Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub

Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub

Welcome to the Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub: a collection of courses, materials, resources and activities from the Cos4Cloud project

Codesigned Citizen Observatories Services for the European Open Science Cloud (Cos4Cloud) is a Horizon 2020 funded European Project Cos4Cloud focused on boosting citizen science codesigning technological services to help increase and improve the quantity and quality of observations. The project developed  thirteen technological services, supported by nine established biodiversity and environmental citizen observatories, integrating and testing some of these services.

The Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub is a ‘one-stop-shop’ showcasing Cos4Cloud best practice, case studies, lessons learned, educational, training and capacity building resources and activities. A legacy of the Cos4Cloud project, it has been developed as a demonstration space sharing project results through a range of resources which can be useful for existing and future citizen observatory leaders and users as well as anyone with an interest in citizen science.  

The Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub is hosted and managed by The Open University on behalf of the project partnership. It is made available as an accessible collection to demonstrate results, best practices and lessons learned. As part of the project legacy, it will support the sustainability and continued use of the knowledge and outputs produced by Cos4Cloud. 

The Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub

A collection of training and capacity-building resources, best practice guidelines, educational resources, case studies and the Evidence Hub as a space for reflection on the content provided. 

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Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub

Explore the Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub collection of resources, materials, and activities using the following thematic categories:

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Training and capacity building resources: Cos4Cloud services

Focuses on the services developed in the Cos4Cloud framework, these are targeted hands-on system and user guides, each training resource includes:

  • A description of the service
  • Who the service is for and the benefits
  • How it works
  • How to use the service – a step by step guide

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Best practice guidelines and resources: Citizen observatories

Highlighting the 9 citizen observatories (COs) involved in the development, integration and use of the Cos4Cloud services. These resources demonstrate best practice from experiences that may be useful for other COs, including:

  • Guidelines on Best Practice for Citizen Observatories: framed by the ECSA 10 Principles of citizen science
  • iSpot and AI: integrating FASTCAT-Cloud and Pl@ntNet-API in the Cos4Cloud framework
  • Co-designing citizen observatories in the Cos4Coud framework

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Educational resources: Examples of citizen science school-based approaches

Cos4Cloud incorporated focused activity integrating environmental education (EE), education for sustainable development (ESD) and citizen science into school-based education in Greece. Resources highlighting examples from this work, include:

  • Summaries of educational scenarios and case studies involving Cos4Cloud services and COs involved in the project
  • Links to other educational tools and resources

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Case studies: demonstrating Cos4Cloud success stories and best practice examples

This area of the Toolbox features success stories and lessons learned, collected from project activity that demonstrates different use and user cases of Cos4Cloud approaches. Resources include:

  • Testing FASTCAT-Edge and FASTCAT-Cloud camera trap services in a real scenario
  • Use cases of Pl@ntNet-API in an app for farmers and to identify plant-pollinator interactions
  • An evaluation of the learning potential of citizen observatories through a case study of iSpot

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Evidence Hub: a space supporting feedback and engagement with Cos4Cloud resources

A space for reflection on the Toolbox content provided; test your Cos4Cloud knowledge, participate and engage in activities:

  • Use the Cos4Cloud services: summary of training resources and what you can do
  • Review the Cos4Cloud educational resources, case studies and best practice examples
  • Key take away Cos4Cloud tips
Cos4Cloud is a consortium of 15 partners.  

Development of the Cos4Cloud Toolbox and Evidence Hub is led by The Open University in collaboration with project partners. It is hosted by the OU’s free learning platform OpenLearn Create. Contact:

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