Crowd4SDG has six work packages. Besides Project Management (UNIGE) and Dissemination, Communication and Outreach (CERN), the project features work packages on the following: Enhancing CS Tools (CSIC, POLIMI) with AI and social media analysis features, to improve data quality and deliberation processes in CS; New Metrics for CS (UP), to track and improve innovation in CS project coaching events; Impact Assessment of CS (UNITAR) with a focus on the requirements of NSOs as end-users of CS data for SDG monitoring. At the core of the project is Project Deployment (UNIGE) based on a novel innovation cycle called GEAR (Gather, Evaluate, Accelerate, Refine), which runs once a year.

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​The University of Geneva – UNIGE

The University of Geneva was founded in 1559 and is one of Europe’s leading universities. With 16’000 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university. UNIGE fosters multidisciplinary activities, as attested by its many interdisciplinary projects and centers, such as the Global Studies Institute, the Institute of Global Health, the Institute for Environmental Studies. Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won through its strong ties to many international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union and the International Committee of the Red Cross. UNIGE is lead partner of Citizen Cyberlab (CCL), a partnership with UNITAR and CERN, established in 2009. The mission of Citizen Cyberlab is to rethink public participation in research. UNIGE is the overall project lead and will focus in particular on the deployment of the different online and hands-on activities, as well as on the coordination of all research results.

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

CERN is an International European Interest Organization and is the world’s largest particle physics centre, providing technologically advanced facilities for particle physics. CERN has 23 member states. Close to 13,000 scientists from 650 institutes worldwide are involved in the research and technology programme. CERN’s mission is focused on 4 topics: research, technology, collaboration and education, including a long and strong training tradition via the Fellows, Associates and Students programmes. It has its own Learning and Development service providing almost 14,000 person days of technical management, communication, academic, safety and language training per year. Established in 2014, IdeaSquare is a flagship innovation space at CERN which hosts Innovation events, workshops, hackathons and multidisciplinary master level student programs with the aim to prototype, test and iterate new forms of collaboration and co-creation in the areas or Research, Education and Technology. In CROWD4SDG, CERN will be involved through IdeaSquare in leading the work on communication, dissemination and outreach as well as organizing advanced prototyping workshops for citizen science projects.

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Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IIIA-CSIC)

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. It belongs to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation. It has a staff of more than 13,000 employees, among these about 3,300 are permanent researchers and about 4,300 are pre- and post-doctoral researchers. The CSIC has 70 fully owned institutes or centers distributed throughout Spain. In addition, it has 53 Joint Research Units with universities or other research institutions. In this project, the research is led by CSIC’s Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC), which is Spain’s leading center conducting research in artificial intelligence. Founded in 1985, its researchers have played leadership roles in the European communities of machine learning and agent technologies. IIIA-CSIC’s main role in the project is to design and develop the AI for CS platform, sharing also its expertise, know-how and software components in deliberation technologies and human-machine collaborative learning.

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is a state scientific-technological university established in 1863 which trains engineers, architects, and designers. Currently more than 1,400 professors and researchers work at University and more than 46,000 students study in 7 different campuses. Polimi is one of the leading Italian research centres characterized by the combination of theoretical bases of excellence and first-rate research infrastructures providing the possibility of wide variety of experimental research. The Information Systems research group at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB) conducts research on a broad range of topics relating to adaptive information systems, application energy efficiency in clouds and data centres, data quality, service-oriented architectures, and social media analysis. The role of POLIMI in the project is to further develop algorithms needed to analyse and geo-localize multi-source and multi-media social information, and refine information filtering mechanisms with machine learning techniques. Politecnico will lead the Tasks focusing on data quality, composition of services and human-collaborative learning.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was created in 1963 as an autonomous United Nations (UN) entity with a mandate to do training and research. UNITAR leads the work in CROWD4SDG on impact assessment and recommendations through the Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit and UN Operational Satellite Applications Programme Unit (UNOSAT).   As one of its core objectives, the Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit works closely with the UN Statistics Division, specialized UN agencies and regional organizations to support National Statistical Offices, Ministries and other stakeholders in monitoring progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in strengthening national capacities for effective data planning, partnerships and use for evidence-based decision-making, including the introduction of innovative approaches.
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Université de Paris Cité

Université Paris Cité is France’s leading multidisciplinary university. It covers a wide range of disciplines, with one of the most comprehensive and ambitious educational offerings available in the world. Born in 2019, it offers its 62,000 students state-of-the-art, innovative courses in amongst others, humanities, arts, technology, science and medicine. The research will be led by the Learning Planet Institute, formerly CRI (Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity). Active at the crossroads of research and education, the Learning Planet Institute advocates for innovative pedagogy putting the student at the heart of their own learning experience through projects, research and societal challenges. To help everyone take care of oneself, others and the planet, the Learning Planet Institute is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, co-conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences. Université Paris Cité’s roles in the project will be to i) lead the work on new metrics and descriptors to assess the quality of citizen science and ii) contribute its experience in multidisciplinary research and particularly in the fields of education technologies and learning analytics.