How and under what conditions does improving the amount and reliability of data via participatory projects of data collection or analysis enhance and enrich the Swiss political debate on different levels of political decision-making? directscience4directdemocracy.ch
I look forward to taking part in the upcoming hackathon on Saturday, September 14 in Bern, which the organizers consider to be an important step towards launching a national initiative for applying citizen science methodologies to inform the processes of direct democracy.
Some of the main players in citizen science as well as academics on direct democracy are represented amongst the organizers, and the outcomes of the hackathon should help to inform proposals for future practical projects, both grassroots and academic, which can be developed in future public events and research projects.
This event is part of an interesting cross-country collaboration, and follows a public lunchtime Science at Noon presentation on Friday with a focus on Open Science and Open Data, that should be an excellent brainstormer for the following weekend. See also the newly published Factsheet on Open Science in Switzerland (PDF 0.4MB), which this video introduces: