Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography
Mapping Citizen Science in Latin America
Topic Overview:

Citizen science is an emerging topic in many scientific fields. Despite the old practice, it is a fairly new term. Using citizens in research is becoming more and more popular. Volunteers could observe nature, work with remote images or collect data anywhere. Types of citizen science activities are numerous. Citizen science projects are listed mainly in large platforms (EU-Citizen.science, SciStarter, Zooniverse, ALA BioCollect etc.) and there is also big support from global initiatives like Citizen Science Association (based in U.S.), European Citizen Science Association or Australian Citizen Science Association. While in some countries, citizen science is very well mapped, in others, the records of citizen science projects are not described and analyzed.


Citizen science is very well utilized in North America, Europe and Australia. The goal of the internship is to map the state-of-the-art of citizen science activities in Latin America (could be focused only on a selected country). Methods will be based on a deep review of current citizen science projects listed in large CS platforms (SciStarter, Zooniverse...) as well as regional ones and their analysis.


Paper presenting the state-of-the-art of citizen science projects in Latin America, presented during the FOSS4G conference in Belem, 2024.


Recommended further readings:
TROJAN, Jakub, Sven SCHADE, Rob LEMMENS and Bohumil FRANTÁL. Citizen science as a new approach in Geography and beyond: Review and reflections. Moravian Geographical Reports. AV ČR, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2019, vol. 27, No 4, p. 254-264. ISSN 1210-8812. doi:10.2478/mgr-2019-0020.
DUŽÍ, Barbora, Robert OSMAN, Jiří LEHEJČEK, Eva NOVÁKOVÁ, Pavel TARABA and Jakub TROJAN. Exploring citizen science in post-socialist space: Uncovering its hidden character in the Czech Republic. Moravian Geographical Reports. Brno: AV ČR, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy
of Sciences, 2019, vol. 27, No 4, p. 241-253. ISSN 1210-8812. doi:10.2478/mgr-2019-0019.
Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography
Using OpenStreetMap in Mapping Brazil's Rural Areas
Topic Overview:

Mapping remote parts of the world is not commercially interesting. Fortunately, there is a service called OpenStreetMap, which creates a map of the entire world created by volunteers. There are many tools that can be used to map the world, including those using artificial intelligence.


Learn about different OpenStreetMap mapping tools, try to map a selected remote part of the Brazilian countryside and compare mapping tools. The ambition is also to participate in an online international mapathon and prepare a paper for an international conference describing the mapping experience.


Report presenting the possibilities of using OpenSTreetMap for remote mapping in the case of Brazil’s rural areas, presented during the FOSS4G conference in Belem, 2024.
University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Informatics and Management, Department of Recreology and Tourism
Geopark As a Geotourism Destination – Its Contribution and Potential For Sustainable Development of Both Urban and Rural Areas
Topic Overview:

Geopark as a geotourism destination – its contribution and potential for sustainable development of both urban and rural areas.

Geotourism represents a specific form of sustainable tourism focusing on the interpretation of the Earth heritage (e.g. volcanic, glacial, karstic phenomena and landforms). Geoparks' management can be well considered as a specific form of tourism destination management. Geoparks, however, implement a wider scope of activities; geotourism is just one of them and serves primarily as a tool of environmental education and support of cultural identity of the people living in geopark. Destination management, on the other hand, is professionally specialized in tourism management so that the geopark usually cooperates with the destination management organization competent in its territory.

Due to their multidisciplinary, geoparks can engage persons with different qualifications, interests and competencies and improve life quality both in urban and rural areas, stressing the role of education and nature conservation.


Participation in the topic-related research (quantitative / qualitative), writing up journal article with the supervisor/s, processing a power point presentation, compilation of comparative studies and databases, participation in the topic-related online /hybrid events.


Responsibility, good communication skills, excellence in English (C1-C2 level). Spanish B2 or better is also appreciated. Interest in topic.


Joint journal article with the supervisor/s, power point presentations, comparative studies, databases.


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