Emerging evidence suggests that greenspace, whether used for recreation or physical activity (i.e. ‘green exercise’), can improve mental health and wellbeing. Indeed, individuals who use greenspaces or engage in green exercise have less mental distress, less anxiety and depression and healthier cortisol levels. GreenspaceHack aims to facilitate better design of greenspaces to promote health by providing robust evidence on which characteristics of greenspace citizens value most and which contribute to promoting healthier urban environments at individual and local levels.
ORION is a 4-year project (runs from May 2017 to April 2021) that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. ORION means “Open Responsible research and Innovation to further Outstanding kNowledge”.
The main target groups of ORION are research and funding organizations (RFPOs) in life sciences and biomedicine as well as their researchers, management staff and high-level leadership.
openSenseMap is a platform for open sensor data started in 2015 at the GI@School lab at the Institute for Geoinformatics in Münster. As part of the senseBox the project aims at educating pupils and citizens. It offers a platform for them to not merely share their environment sensor data but also to be able to view, download, and research worldwide data from other participants.
People from around the world publish the data they captured to answer various research questions as a citizen science project
The Hacker School is a project of the non-profit association I3 e.V. with the aim of enabling digital education for children and young people throughout Germany. In their Hacker School sessions, they want to spark and maintain young people’s interest in information technology (IT) and its possibilities. They offer children and young people exciting insights into the many facets of programming, show them the wide range of what can be created on the computer and teach them digital skills.
Science Feedback is a worldwide network of experienced scientists sorting fact from fiction in science-based media coverage, starting with climate and health issues. Their mission is to create an Internet where users will have access to scientifically sound and trustworthy information. Science Feedback has received accreditation from the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute.
Kiron’s mission is to offer equal opportunities in education worldwide and, since 2015, they have been offering free online learning opportunities to refugees and underserved communities. As they believe that education can change lives, transform communities, and build bridges, they have created the online learning platform Kiron Campus. In this way Kiron wants to ensure that their students receive free access to high-quality education for academic, professional and personal growth.
Kepler.gl is an easy-to-use toolbox for geospatial analysis. With kepler.gl, creating data-driven maps becomes a straightforward process. It supports you with powerful and intuitive functionalities to create beautiful data-driven maps and gain quick insights from location data. kepler.gl is built on Deck.gl, which is a WebGL* framework for visual data analysis based on large datasets.
The Folding@home team released its software to the public in September 2000. The aim of the project is to simulate protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Influenza, and many others. In order to carry out these simulations you need enormous computing power, which is extremely expensive. Folding@home brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations on their personal computers.
Research data should “flow” unhindered and loss-free along the life cycle of research projects. “FAIR Data Principles” formulate principles that must be fulfilled when dealing with sustainably reusable research data:
According to the FAIR principles guiding the Open Data sharing in H2020 projects since 2016, data should be “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable”.
The question therefore arises: How “FAIR” is research data in Europe today?