“The sky is an inalienable right of humankind equivalent to all other socio-cultural and environmental rights” UNESCO
STARS4ALL aims at representing this right of “stars for all the citizens”. Our objective is to encourage citizens to care and preserve the darkness of european skies beyond 2015, the International Year of the Light.
Actions and Events
STARS4ALL will be open to everyone to stay updated, get active in initiatives and games and to create initiatives with own ideas. STARS4ALL will develop a lighting quality lable, collect ideas for more advanced lighting guidelines and support the development of sustainable lighting concepts. Quality lables will help to maximize the social and economic benefits of artificial light at night, while minimizing its negative and unintended environmental and health impacts by awarding institutions for their activities to protect natural nightscapes and the night sky.
Citizen sensing and gamification
STARS4ALL will develop and create games for citizen actions for different environments. Measure light pollution with a mobile photosensor! Your action will be fun and your data usable for science and citizen actions worldwide. Measure light pollution with a mobile photosensor. Your action will be fun and your data usable for science and citizen actions worldwide.
STARS4ALL users will be able to: • Collaborate among them and take collective decisions • Generate citizen actions • Fund light pollution initiatives, using a crowdfunding platforms • Have access to data from different sources like sensors, mobiles and social networks • Collaborate tagging, curating and validating results • Have access to encapsulate results A live dashboard will be available to provide to the STARS4ALL community a set of intuitive, easy-to-use online tools, providing the users with the necessary management data, such as user statistics (e.g. number of actively participating citizens, their geographic spread, top contributors, etc.) and project progress (e.g. number of data records gathered and validated, etc.). Periodically reports will be generated, based on these data, for being used in various communication channels for the use of citizens to local administrations.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
UPM was coordinator of the FP7 GLORIA project, the first open access network of robotic telescopes of the world. Oscar Corcho of the UPM is coordinator of the Stars4all project. He is Full Professor at the Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial (Facultad de Informática, UPM) , and he belongs to the Ontology Engineering Group. His research activities are focused on Semantic e-Science and Real World Internet, although he also works in the more general areas of Semantic Web and Ontological Engineering. Contact: ocorcho (at) fi.upm.es
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The UCM astronomical observatory is an urban observatory located in Moncloa campus (Ciudad Universitaria). Astronomical observations are affected by Madrids' light pollution. With the help of amateur astronomers UCM staff are drawing maps of the illumination of the campus for awareness and better practice. At the UCM the "Cities at Night" initiative was created. The UCM developed mobile photosensors and will deploy a network of citizens to measure night time brightness. Contact: lucia_garcia (at) ucm.es
ESCP Europe is one of the top business schools in Europe and is associated to the Chambre de Commerce de Paris. A great deal of its research output concentrates on developing marketing strategies. ESCP-Europe will develop the stars4all market-place where soon services (trips for broadcasting astronomical events) and goods (sensors and dissemination material) can be purchased. Contact: dcurto-millet (at) escpeurope.eu
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
The IGB is conducting studies on the impact of artificial light on flora, fauna and biodiversity. The IGB is chair of the EU-COST Action ES1204 'Loss of the Night Network' (LoNNe) and has previous experience in citizen participation projects (e.g. Loss of the Night App). Contact: schroer (at) igb-berlin.de
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
The IAC is one of the most important astronomical observatories of the Northern hemisphere, and is interested in preserving the darkness of the skies and promoting its quality for attracting new researchers and investors who use its facilities. The IAC coordinates the broadcasting expeditions. Contact: mserra (at) iac.es
University of Southampton
SOTON offers Web scientists who are well-prepared to reach out and work together with various disciplines and audiences. SOTON will offer instruments to increase community awareness and facilitate citizen engagement. Contact: S.Zerr (at) SOTON.ac.uk
European Crowdfunding Network
The ECN is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building. The ECN will develop crowdfunding tools for the community. The raised funds will be available for developing ideas and initiatives.