Dictionary of Space Concepts

Project Description

The Dictionary of Space Concepts (DSC) project is one of the first citizen science projects launched by Beyond UNIVERSEH. In this project, citizens help create an online Dictionary with space-related terms.


The project’s goal is to co-create an online multilingual dictionary of space science not only  with the help of European citizens, but also students and researchers of the UNIVERSEH Alliance.


Anyone interested in the project can contribute by collecting and creating dictionary entries that, among other things, define terms relevant to the space sector (e.g., terms related to space, earth, natural sciences, medicine, and the humanities).

The DSC content includes objects, people and science concepts related to space. Each entry should include a shorter and a longer definition, a picture, the etymology of the term, sample sentences, research and additional sources, including videos and scientific articles.

To ensure the quality of the entries, all entries go through a multi-stage quality check:

  1. A content check by the scientific staff of the HHU, Düsseldorf, the Multilingualism (ML) team as well as a check of the media used for possible copyright infringements.
  2. A linguistic check by members of the Alliance’s ML team.
  3. A content review by experts from the Alliance universities, depending on the subject of the entry.

Once submitted Beyond UNIVERSEH Alliance staff review these entries and, if necessary, edit them before their publication in a publicly accessible version of the Dictionary. Depending on the content, the Alliance staff will choose and attached a suitable image.

The DSC is a dynamic project that is constantly expanding in content and quality through constant contributions from students, staff and citizens.

Browse here for existing terms and concepts

Browse here to make your own contribution to the DSC


Project Coordination – Beyond UNIVERSEH, WP5 outside the lab – with and in society
Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf/Germany

Beyond UNIVERSEH has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035795.