WP 4: Water Monitoring via Citizen Activity

Objectives of the WP4

Understanding the mechanisms for and challenges in activating citizens to perform wide-scale water

measurements, and in analysing and exploiting unverifiable data 


Introducing and promoting the concept of Sensor-to-SoMe (social media); how in the future much of

self-published content could actually be generated by devices under the user’s control, not manually by users



Identifying potential services and applications for exploiting gathered data, for use by authorities, researchers

and citizens.


Description of work and role of partners


Studying the methodology used in the Baltic Sea Now Info project, in which citizens voluntarily conduct

subjective water quality measurements using a simple manual measurement device


Conducting a survey amongst appropriate target groups (e.g. residents living near streams or small rivers,

environmental activists) regarding willingness to install and maintain a small water quality monitoring device, and

analysing gathered information 


Conducting a survey amongst active users of social media regarding whether sensor technology is seen as a

useful means of creating self-published content, or is manual creation perhaps more preferable, and analysing

gathered information 


Gathering information on methods for validating and analysing data from uncertain sources and developing

robust methods for analysing and exploiting unverifiable water quality data 


Studying and planning possible services and applications for exploiting gathered water quality data 



D4.2.Citizen Activity in Water Monitoring - How to Boost it?