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Ongoing Projects

Amphibians & Reptiles in Austria
amphibians, reptiles, herpetofauna

Which reptiles and amphibians are threatened by extinction in Austria? How can I find out, which species the animal I found belongs to?

01.01.2002 -
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Ancient Textiles – Modern Hands
 independent of location
ancient, textiles, craftmanship

Textile artists, professional and leisure practitioners from around the world share their expertise in an experimental project on Late Antique Textiles.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
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Six-legged Livestock: Rearing Black Soldier Fly on Biowaste
 Innsbruck, Österreich
fly, waste, household

In exciting interactive workshops the participants will get to know more about the life and usefulness of the Black Soldier Fly.

01.08.2018 - 30.06.2019
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Fascinating bumblebees
Bumblebees, biodiversity, observe

Where do bumblebees occur in Austria? In order to protect the bumblebees, data on the occurrences of the 42 bumblebee species is important.

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018
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Doing research in Almtal
 Almtal, Austria
birds, observation, behavior

This project invited citizens to observe greylag geese, northern bald ibis and common ravens.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2020
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Worlds apart? Solidarity concepts and political orientations in social media
Social Media, Facebook, solidarity

Do social media exacerbate social and political divisions? The project examines concepts of solidarity in current facebook debates.

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2019
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On everyone’s mind and lips – German in Austria
Language, German, Austria

Everybody is invited to do research on the variation, change and use of German language in Austria.

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2019
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 independent of location
copyright, discussion, platform

Copyright concerns us all: Let us jointly find and develop new consensus-based solutions for a modern and fair copyright!

15.07.2017 - 30.06.2019
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IsoPROTECT Austria
food, origin, soil

The aim of the project is the systematic creation of a terrestrial and aquatic isotopic landscape of Austria for determining the origin of regionally produced food.

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2018
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Earth construction in the Weinviertel
 Weinviertel, Lower Austria
earth construction, Weinviertel, culture

Earth was of great importance as construction material over centuries but disappeared increasingly as a shaper of our cultural landscape.

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2019
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Names, Graves, and Memory. The Psychiatric Hospital Mauer-Öhling during National Socialism
 Mauer-Öhling, Austria
euthanasia, Nazi era, history

Hundreds of victims of Nazi “euthanasia” are buried in the cemetery of the Landesklinikum Mauer. What is being told about these events in your family?

01.08.2019 - 31.07.2020
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nature, phenology, seasons

You are a nature lover? Then you are invited to join NaturKalender. Observe changing seasons and relate them with climate change.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
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NBI goes Citizen Science
 Upper Austria
birds, ibis, habitat

The Northern Bald Ibis is one of the most endangered bird species in the world. Its ecological preferences are the focus of this project which is looking for interested citizens joining the research.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
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Cooking up Salzburg
 Salzburg, Österreich
food, Salzburg, baroque cuisine

“All kinds of meat and drink …” How and what did people eat in Early Modern times – and why? Help us researching baroque cuisine!

02.10.2017 - 01.10.2019
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Stadt – Land – Bild. A Social Image Analysis of Contemporary Conceptions of Longing
 Vienna, Austria
social tagging, nostalgia, visual culture

An exhibition in the Museum of Art and Folk Life in Vienna questions the new longing for rural life and analyses corresponding image politics together with citizens.

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2019
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Talking Borders
 Vienna, Austria
borders, Habsburger monarchy, discussion

100 students will meet 100 border scholars in order to discuss their perceptions of borders.

01.04.2018 - 31.12.2018
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Tea Bag Index
 independent of location
tea bags, soil, decomposition

The aim of this project is to measure the decomposition of organic matter by burying tea bags in the soil.

01.07.2010 - 31.12.2018
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Viel-Falter TCS
butterflies, observing, Austria

This project examines whether and how butterfly observations carried out by non-professional volunteers can be used to support a permanent biodiversity monitoring.

01.11.2016 - 31.12.2019
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Views in*2 Literacies
 independent of location
language, learning, stories

What are the relevant aspects for successful literacy acquisition and language learning? Adolescents and adults reflect about favorable and adverse learning conditions by creating Digital Literacy Narratives.

15.01.2017 - 30.06.2019
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Completed Projects

Abenteuer Faltertage
 independent of location
butterflies, species, observation

The aim of "Abenteuer Faltertage" was to establish a butterfly network all over Austria to explore and protect native butterflies.

01.04.2015 - 31.03.2017
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 independent of location
allergies, lifestyle, environment

"ALRAUNE – Tracing allergies" investigates the development of allergies.

01.12.2014 - 31.12.2016
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bee, winter, colony

On which factors does the overwintering success of bee colonies depend? How many bees do not survive the winter’s cold?

01.03.2017 - 31.05.2017
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 Samothraki, Greece
island, sustainability, future

The aim of the project is to promote a more sustainable future for the Greek island of Samothraki.

15.06.2016 - 14.06.2018
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 Dornbirn, Innsbruck
trees, cities, climate

Trees fulfil important functions in cities. This project will enable citizens to watch the growth of urban trees.

01.10.2016 - 30.09.2018
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CODE IT! - Making sense of vaccination policy in Austria
 Austria and beyond
vaccination, virus, press

The socio-politically controversial issue of HPV vaccination was researched by and with young people - the segment of society that is the most affected by it.

01.09.2016 - 30.06.2017
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 Vienna and surroundings
badgers, traces, wild animals

The project "StadtWildTiere" records amimal observations and put a focus on badgers in and around Vienna with "DachsSpurenSuche".

27.05.2015 - 31.12.2017
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Facing Threats of Virtual Echo Chambers in Schools
echo chambers, teenagers, social media

Become aware of virtual echo chambers through reflected information search and take part in societal discourses in a self-determined, constructive way.

01.10.2017 - 31.08.2018
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Hedgehogs on their way
 Austria / bordering countries
hedgehogs, gardens, animal traces

In this project scientists were looking for interested citizens to explore the distribution of hedgehogs in gardens all over Austria.

01.12.2014 - 30.09.2016
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A voice for all
disability, survey, statistics

Accessible survey methodology for household surveys of people with mental disabilities

01.06.2017 - 30.06.2018
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autumn, phenology, leaf colouring

In "FarbVerrückt" citizen scientists were observing and explore autumn leaf colouring and leaf fall in Austria.

01.07.2015 - 30.11.2015
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FotoQuest Austria
land use, landscape, environment

With more detailled and complete data about land use, changes of the landscape and their effects on the environment can be better understood.

09.07.2015 - 30.09.2016
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Together, we drive better
 independent of location
car, driving instruction, advanced driving assist systems

What can Advanced Driving Assist Systems in modern cars do? What needs to be taught about such systems in driving education of the future?

01.11.2017 - 31.10.2018
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Exploring history together
 independent of location
history, memories, collect

School classes collected memories, photos and stories from the past to save them for future generations.

01.05.2018 - 30.09.2018
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Counting squirrels
 Capitals of the Austrian provinces
squirrel, city, population

Which squirrels live in the capitals of the Austrian provinces? Where can I get information about the number of squirrels there?

01.05.2017 - 30.06.2017
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Icon-E: Initial Concerns Extended
 Graz and the surrounding area
children, development, abnormalities

“Science meets nursery school”: It is often the day care providers who first raise the suspicion of a childs’ divergent development – as with children with Fragile X Syndrome.

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2018
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Inclusive Spaces 2.0
 Vienna, Austria
school, space, blocks

Within the project Inclusive Spaces 2.0, students use digital mapping to research what's going on in their schools and blocks!

01.09.2017 - 30.09.2018
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Inside Trading Cultures
 Greater St. Pölten area
books, literature, ethnography

How does the global trade in books work? What role do book fairs play? In this project citizen scientists participate in ethnographic fieldwork at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017.

01.11.2016 - 30.04.2018
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The Common Swift in Vienna
 Vienna, Austria
common swift, observing, mapping

Where does the common swift breeds and how many of them are there in Vienna? Does the common swift breed exclusively in colonies or are there abundant single breeding pairs?

01.05.2018 - 15.07.2018
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Medication on everyones’ lips
 independent of location
medication, prescription, management

Citizens provide their knowledge concerning experiences and strategies in everyday life when taking prescribed medication.

01.01.2017 - 28.02.2018
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 independent of location
elderberry, orchard grass, observation

Nature lovers observed and reported the panicle development of orchard grass and the blossom of elderberries and, thus, help farmers to mow flexibly according to nature's calendar.

01.05.2018 - 30.06.2018
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fruits, trees, climate change

Let’s talk about fruits! Where do they grow? When do they ripen? When is the blossom of apricots in the Wachau in Lower Austria? Are plants influenced by climate change?

01.04.2014 - 30.09.2016
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 independent of location
online labs, experiments, ideas

In "OnlineLabs4All" citizen scientists supported the development of adaptive reusable interfaces for online labs.

01.11.2014 - 31.10.2016
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participation, politics, democracy

Via the Political Radar citizens collect options for political participation and share them via an online platform.

01.03.2017 - 28.02.2018
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QuakeWatch Austria
earthquakes, Austria, sensors, app

Description and quantitative observations of the impact of earthquakes via a smartphone app and easy to use low-cost seismic sensors.

01.12.2014 - 30.06.2017
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Tell us!
 independent of location
accidental injuries, health, medical care

“Tell us!” will bring experiential knowledge about accidental injuries back to research by involving experts and patients.

08.05.2018 - 03.07.2018
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Let's have a look at our meadows!
Arnica, Wasp Spider, biodiversity

Where is the Wasp Spider on the rise as a result of global warming? Where can you still find the medicinal plant Arnica?

25.03.2015 - 31.12.2016
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Care & Heat
 German speaking countries
heat, care, climate change

The rising temperature influences health and care situations. Citizen scientists and health professionals were invited to share their experiences.

01.09.2016 - 30.11.2017
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Playing against phishing
phishing, games, spam

What is phishing? Which fraudulent strategies do criminals use to get their hands on personal data?

01.05.2017 - 30.06.2017
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Search for the Swedish Narrow Headed Ant
 Inner Oetz Valley
ant, Oetz Valley, distribution

The project investigated the distribution of the endangered Swedish Narrow Headed Ant in the Inner Oetz Valley.

01.05.2015 - 31.12.2016
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Our expelled neighbours
 Central Lower Austria
jews, life, history

Participants looked into the lives and fates of the Jewish population in central Lower Austria before, during and after National Socialism.

01.01.2017 - 31.01.2018
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Wasser schafft
 location independent
water, sampling, nutrient loadings

The project "Wasser schafft" ("Water can") analysed the effects of nutrient loadings and stream morphology on the self-purification capacity of streams.

01.01.2015 - 30.09.2017
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Who Cares?
 independent of location
stories, care, support

"Who Cares?" invited interested citizens to share their care story/stories in order to find out what a fair future care culture might look like.

01.12.2014 - 30.11.2016
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 Mexico, region of Tulum
Mexico, fresh water, monitoring

In Tulum, a small Mexican town at the Caribbean coast, citizens and scientists join to prise out valuable information of a vast hidden karst groundwater regime for learning more about their important water resource.

01.11.2016 - 30.06.2018
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 independent of location
politics, youth, everyday experiences

Teenagers were invited to collect and share their daily political experiences.

01.12.2014 - 30.09.2017
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Young Crowd
 independent of location
youth, safety, disaster

Young people investigate the safety and disaster preparedness of their environment with the help of an app.

01.12.2016 - 30.11.2017
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