ACTION applied a citizen science approach to tackling pollution; one of the greatest threats to human health and wellbeing of our times, killing more people than smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and coronavirus.
ACTION was a three-year programme funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework, led by Prof Elena Simperl, King’s College London, dedicated to transforming the way we do citizen science (CS) today: from a mostly scientist-led process to a more participatory, inclusive, citizen-led one, which acknowledges the diversity of the CS landscape and of the challenges CS teams have to meet as their project evolves.
Professor Elena Simperl, Professor of Computer Science, has been appointed as chief scientific advisor to a new six year European Union data project, drawing on her recent work in linked data, dataset search and human data interaction. The new project will play a crucial role in facilitating open government data publication, use, and impact at unprecedented scales. It will chiefly include the launch of a new service: [data.europa.eu](https://data.europa.eu/en), which will build on the strengths of two related open-data initiatives, integrating the [European Data Portal](https://data.europa.eu/en) and [European Union Open Data Portal](https://data.europa.eu/euodp/en/data/) into a single, coherent core component of the public-sector data infrastructure.