The Large Scale Citizen Science demonstrators are the key vehicle that REINFORCE will utilize in order to bring frontier science and society together. They tackle different challenges in the fields of frontier Physics, including activities that are at the interplay of frontier science and environmental awareness. Each of them provides a design to data acquisition, data selection and monitoring the quality of citizens’ input.
All the demonstrators are developed by Large Research Infrastructures and are built on top of the infrastructures provided by the Zooniverse citizen science platform utilizing its tools and technologies.
The role of citizens is crucial in each demonstrator: citizens are engaged in authentic research experiences, being asked for support in exploring uncharted scientific territories, taking tasks which are essential for the needs of scientific research. They are also provided with cut tailored educational resources and training material, and with open data that they may be able to use in order to inquire further with the guidance of the consortium experts.
For this reasons, the demonstrators are in constant development considering citizen feedback and recommendations.
The four demonstrators that will be developed to engage citizens are the following:
- Gravitational Wave noise hunting: Its aim is to develop a cutting-edge citizen science programme by providing public access to GW antenna data, including environmental data, for an open-data project.
- Deep Sea Hunters: Invites citizens to optimize the KM3NeT neutrino telescope against sources of environmental noise which have never been systematically studied, while engaging in the exciting world of neutrino astronomy.
- Search for New Particles at the Large Hadron Collider of CERN: Engages citizens in the quest of the LHC for the discovery of the ultimate structure of matter as well as particle theories beyond the Standard Model.
- Cosmic Muons Images: Interdisciplinary studies with Geoscience and Archaeology has the goal to show how the technology developed to study fundamental physics can be applied to the development of frameworks that may have a significant impact on society.