University of Oulu, 2017

Online Citizen Science: Ethics and Minorities Involvement

The Human Science Doctoral Programme course: Online Citizen Science: Ethics and Minorities Involvement, 5 credits, University of Oulu, Finland, 5‒7 November 2020

The growing use of openly available digital data has raised a need to tackle the ethical principles in the use of data concerning Indigenous peoples and other minorities. Especially when the public is creating the data through crowdsourcing and citizen science, there is a need for training and guidelines on how to collect and present data. According to the Cambridge Online Dictionary, citizen science is something done by ‘ordinary people, often for or with the help of scientists’. Hence citizen scientists are amateurs or non-professionals. The summer school “Online Citizen Science: Ethics and Minorities Involvement” tackles relevant and timely questions on how participants in digital citizen science should be schooled and guided when they collect and use data involving minority groups and children. 

Target group: Doctoral students from Humanities, Education and other relevant fields

Course outline:

The summer school will last for three days and include six keynote papers from invited speakers as well as seminar papers by each participant. All participants will receive a reading list and a pre-assignment for their paper before the seminar. The summer school will also include one afternoon with workshops where participants can work with case studies. During the summer school, participants will hear and give presentations, share best practices, and discuss strengths and weaknesses of using online citizen science.

Learning outcomes:

Students are able to define what constitutes citizen science. They know the central concepts of online citizen science. Students will understand the ethical aspects and practicalities of involving minorities in online citizen science.

Course teachers:

Dr Suzie Thomas, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies, Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki  

Dr Anna Wessman, senior researcher at the Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki

Juha Heinonen, Sámi Archives, National Archives of Finland

Heta Mulari, post-doctoral researcher, Finnish Youth Research Society

Dr Tiina Äikäs, Digital Humanities/Archaeology, University of Oulu

Dr Marko Jouste, The Saami Culture Archive of University of Oulu


5‒7 November 2020

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There is no course fee. Students will be responsible of their own travels, accommodation and living in Oulu during the course.

Maximum participation will be 20 doctoral students.

Register via e-mail to ritva.kylli[at] by 16 October 2020

Contact person:

Dr. Ritva Kylli, History/Digital Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu



The Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland. The Faculty has Giellagas Institute, which is responsible for research in Sámi languages and culture, and the faculty also houses the national Sámi archive. The summer school will be part of the curriculum of the Digital Humanities minor organized in the Faculty of Humanities.

Last updated: 15.6.2020