Citizen Science

Citizen science enables all people to engage in scientific activities outside of academia. All you need are your own questions and curiosity. Bring your topics to us - we will give you sources, advice, space for your projects as well as opportunities for networking and collaboration on joint projects.

Link between research and society

Research is not just for scientists at universities and colleges: In many fields, the scientific process benefits from the active and often passionate involvement of volunteer researchers. On the other hand, citizen scientists have the chance to gain deep insights into "their" subject area and to actively shape research in this field. The SLUB sees itself as a link between research and society - that is why it is close to our hearts to promote your involvement in citizen science. We offer you spaces and opportunities to experiment together and support you in working with modern methods and tools to find reliable scientific answers to your questions.

Making your research visible

You can publish the results of your research work free of charge on the Saxon document and publication server Qucosa or on our research blogs. We enter the data produced in this way, for example on places and persons, into higher-level databases such as the Common Index of Names (GND). This makes them available to other researchers as well.

For further reading

  • Jens Bemme, Martin Munke: Open Citizen Science: Leitbild für kuratorische Praktiken in Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken. In: Klaus Ulrich Werner (ed.): Bibliotheken als Orte kuratorischer Praxis, Berlin/München/Boston 2021, pp. 165-200, DOI: 10.1515/9783110673722-013.
  • Martin Munke, Jens Bemme: Citizen Science in Academic Libraries. Strategy and cooperative project work, investment in open cultural data and in user knowledge. In: o.bib - Das offene Bibliotheksjournal, vol. 6 (2019), no. 4, pp. 178-203, DOI: 10.5282/o-bib/2019H4S178-203.
  • Jens Bemme, Martin Munke: Open data and the future of citizen science in academic libraries, Forum Citizen Science 2019, DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/QHRC4.
  • White Paper Citizen Science Strategy 2030 for Germany.

To make an appointment for a consultation

Do you still have questions about Citizen Science? Then simply book an individual consultation appointment via the SLUB Wissensbar. Our staff will then sit down with you for about 30 minutes. You are also welcome to contact us directly with special enquiries and requests:

Martin Munke Head of Saxonica and Map Collection Tel.: +49 351 4677-684 E-mail:

Juliane Flade Project Manager Citizen Science and Inclusion Tel.: +49 351 4677-368 E-mail: