For years, amateur scientists have greatly contributed to the growth of science by measuring, collecting, and sharing raw and/or processed data with the scientific community. This involvement of the public is called ″citizen science″. The advent of technology provides more opportunities for citizen to involve themselves in this process, but also more ways for scientists to mobilize them. Websites, mobile applications, and serious games are good examples of tools used in the digital age for the public participation in science.
Do-It-Yourself scientists working in hackerspaces are positioned to make significant contributions with low overhead and little formal training (becoming necessary and valuable apprenticeship sites as the current higher education system deteriorates). The state has yet to heavily clamp down, but, because such freedom threatens the status quo, we can expect intervention to intensify.
The importance and editorial requirements with regards to peer-review are commonly discussed by scientists, specifically so in the context of Open Access. The question I have been busy with recently (bothering as many journal editors as I could reach): “Does OA journal need editors and what is the role of them in whole process?” …
ExCiteS brings together scholars from diverse fields to develop and contribute to the guiding theories and methodologies that will enable any community to start a Citizen Science project that will help them deal with issues that concern them. With an interdisciplinary research approach, it also aims to provide a set of tools that can be used by any user, regardless of their background and level of literacy, to collect, analyse and act on information by using agreed upon scientific methods.
Des généticiens anglais appellent à l'aide le milliard d'utilisateurs de Facebook pour les aider à lutter contre un champignon parasite qui pourrait décimer les frênes de nos campagnes, grâce un jeu reposant sur la séquence ADN.
Projects, people, and perspectives fueling new frontiers for citizen science. Citizen Sci bloggers will bring stories about innovative projects, methodologies, and histories to help chart the changing landscape of public participation in scientific research.
Here are ten ways you can help scientists advance fields of research while standing in line, downloading that much-hyped Netflix flick, or waiting for your pumpkin pie to warm up. The Royal Society Laughter Project: The Royal Society has put together a playlist of different laughs that you can listen to. The tricky part is …
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