With Hush City app, you are an active part of a citizen science research project to map and evaluate quietness in cities.
But, what is quietness? And how can it be defined and addressed?
In the same way that health cannot be defined as “merely the absence of disease” (WHO, 1948), the mere absence of noise is not sufficient to define quietness and ensure a good sonic environment for our physical and mental health, and social well-being.
At Hush City Mobile Lab we believe that people, like you, need to be (re)placed at the core of urban planning processes and engaged to identify, evaluate and plan everyday quiet areas in cities.
To achieve this goal, we combine the soundscape approach, citizen science and mobile technology, by using the Hush City app.
What is citizen science?
Citizen science aims to engage society to contribute to scientific research. It helps to access local knowledge, by using new information technologies as well as to generate and evaluate data through participatory methods (Kobori et al 2015).
To disseminate citizen science and to create a hub for people engaged in it, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) was established in 2013.
Key aim of the ECSA is “that, in 2020, citizens in Europe are valued and empowered as key actors in advancing knowledge and innovation and thus supporting sustainable development in our world.” (ECSA 2018).
With citizen science still being a rather fuzzy term that is open for interpretation, ECSA identified 10 key principles to define citizen science. Core of these principles is to recognize outcomes of citizen science projects as reliable research findings that contribute to the generation of new knowledge and have mutual benefits both for society and researchers. Therefore research findings of citizen science projects should be publicly available through open access format taking into account issues around copyright, privacy policies etc. Additionally, the principles stress out the importance of feedback and evaluation within citizen science projects.
Find the complete list of the 10 principles here.
Why it is important to get citizens involved in scientific projects?
Citizen science contributes democratize science by involving the general public in research and decision making processes. It gives people, like you, the chance to contribute to and access scientific findings. Citizens can be considered as experts like the professional scientists and able to provide new and broad knowledge.
Interested in becoming a citizen scientist?
Hush City app empowers you to identify access and evaluate “everyday quiet areas” and therefore contribute to their protection.
Download the Hush City app and become a citizen scientist now.
It’s easy! Pick up the ways you prefer:
> The Extreme Citizen Science Lab at UCL, led by Prof. Dr. Muki Haklay
> Po Ve Sham: Prof. Muki Haklay’s personal blog on citizen science
> Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, the seminal book on citizen by Prof. Caren Cooper
‘Till next week, and quiet regards from Berlin!
The Hush City Mobile Lab Team