The main facilities that Measure Together offers are the knowledge portal samenmeten.nl and the data portal samenmeten.rivm.nl. The (Dutch) knowledge portal focuses on the exchange of information. Technological developments enable anyone to measure for example air quality or noise with increasing accuracy. But when are measurements meaningful? how do you perform measurements in the best possible way? and who else is developing new methods? To answer these questions, the knowledge portal offers an overview of the materials, sensors and devices that are available for environmental measurements. We also provide information about citizen science projects and the sharing and use of data.
In the dataportal citizen science data and official measurement networks share their data. We combine and visualize the data. Citizen scientists can compare their data with other sensor data and official data. We provide a correction for relative humidity based on the official data and we give an estimate of the quality of the data, the “plausibility”.
Measure Together is a citizen science infrastructure
Measure Together is NOT a citizen science project, it is a citizen science infrastructure. If a citizen science project is viewed as a bike, Measure Together provides the road on which to drive. You can drive off road if you like, but it is faster and you go further if there is a bicycle lane. It has often been shown that if you build more and better roads, traffic increases. This is the philosophy behind Measure Together: to stimulate people to do citizen science, we improve the citizen science infrastructure. If we make it easier for people to do measurements, assess the quality of their data, and interpret the data – then more citizen science projects will take place. The increasing growth of the community making use of Measure Together infrastructure demonstrates that it indeed works this way.