We discuss the potential application to virtual citizen science of a recent standard (BS ISO 27500:2016 “The human-centred organisation”) which encourages the adoption of a sociotechnical systems perspective across a wide range of businesses, organizations and ventures. Key tenets of the standard concern taking a total systems approach, capitalizing on individual differences as a strength, making usability and accessibility strategic objectives, valuing personnel and paying attention to ethical and values-led elements of the project in terms of being open and trustworthy, social responsibility and health and wellbeing. Drawing upon our experience of projects in our laboratory and the wider literature, we outline the principles identified in the standard and offer citizen science themed interpretations and examples of possible responses.
Houghton, R., Sprinks, J., Wardlaw, J., Bamford, S., & Marsh, S. (2019). A sociotechnical system approach to virtual citizen science: an application of BS ISO 27500:2016. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 18(01), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.18010201