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The Swiss researchers turning to crowdfunding

The Swiss researchers turning to crowdfunding | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

Thanks to crowdfunding, Swiss university students can build an airplane and solve an energy problem. But is this the best way to finance good science?  (...) - Swissinfo.ch, by Celia Luterbacher, May 1, 2107

 
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Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research? | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

Microryza.com (not the catchiest of names) is a crowdfunding platform for research that raises money over the Internet from individuals who are willing to donate small amounts to fund a specific project. The average donation according to Microryza is $92.

In return for a 5 percent cut of funds raised and a 3 percent credit card processing fee, Microryza provides researchers access to a website where they can solicit money from the public to fund their research. Crowdfunding is typically an all-or-nothing deal, where donors only have to pay their pledged support if the project is fully funded within a defined period of time.

Is this the solution to the reduction in government funding of science? (...) - by Pieter Droppert, Xconomy, 7/11/2013


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HackYourPhD in USA

HackYourPhD in USA | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it
An open and dynamic research community exists, HackYourPhd invites you to discover it and show you that we all have a role to play!


What do we know about the research world? Often not much or nothing very attractive. The community of researchers seems too often walled up in its ivory tower.

Yet, a committed group of people and initiatives aiming to open up this research in order to make it more dynamic, collaborative, and transparent does exist.

 

This movement began largely in the United States, which is why Célya, cofounder of HackYourPhD, invites you to go on a journey. Through a web-documentary, discover the current situation of scientific research, which is far from being heartening. But also meet those in the USA who imagine and work to build a more open science! This investigative project relates to research, design, entrepreneurship, and hacking, and those involved devote a considerable amount of work and expertise to it. The freedom of expression that this campaign provides is an inexhaustible source of innovative ideas and an extremely fertile setting for those who need inspiration. (...) 

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A great project about research  and open science  to  contribute to through the crowdfunding  platform KissKissBankBank 
"An open and dynamic research community exists, Hack Your PhD  invites you to discover it and show you that we all have a role to play!" by @celyagd

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Crowd-Sourcing Scientists Seek Gut Microbes

Crowd-Sourcing Scientists Seek Gut Microbes | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

A Bay Area citizen science project called uBiome is asking for a somewhat unusual contribution from the public: gut microbes. The samples will help scientists study how microbes affect our health. (...) - KQED, by Lauren Sommer, January 7, 2013

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A crowdsourcing partnership between scholars and the public brings a new audience to research

A crowdsourcing partnership between scholars and the public brings a new audience to research | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

The recent uptake of crowdsourcing has seen institutions and scholars engage the public in large-scale research ventures. By recruiting volunteers to transcribe the unpublished manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, the award-winning Transcribe Bentham project engages students, researchers, scholars, and the general public alike with Bentham’s life and work. Tim Causer describes the project, and suggests that we should not underestimate the capabilities of volunteers.

Most people will know Jeremy Bentham as the proponent of the Panopticon prison, or for his being preserved and displayed as an auto-icon. But Bentham was a hugely influential thinker and prolific writer, who turned his attention to a wide range of subjects, ranging from economics, representative democracy, religion, social welfare, law, and sexual morality. (...) - LSE, Blog Impact of Social Sciences, by Tim Causer, November 7th, 2012

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Treezilla: A Monster of a Citizen Science Project

Treezilla: A Monster of a Citizen Science Project | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

Maps are everywhere these days. They have become as ubiquitous in our daily lives as they have in the science community. Citizen science projects that utilize maps are instantly familiar, easy to use, and enrich scientific data with a valuable spatial component.

Treezilla is a tree-mapping project based in Great Britain and hopes to enlist citizen scientists to map every single tree in the UK. Many of the trees in Britain’s forests have already been mapped (nearly 3.8 billion, in fact). However, the estimates of urban trees in cities, parks, and people’s yards have been poorly catalogued. These trees, although in much smaller number, still have a significant ecological value and are important to study. (...) - Scistarter blog, by Nick Forbes, September 12th, 2013


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Treezilla is challenging #citizenscience project that is aiming to map every tree in Great Britain. This #openscience project is now accessible on the science #crowdfunding platform Scistarter
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Crowdfunding for Science

Crowdfunding provide fundings for different kinds of projects (music, startups, video games...) and now also scientific projects with dedicated platforms. Overview realized by Tree of Science for the workshop organized by HackYourPhD (June 18th 2013)


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Version française : "Le Crowdfunding en Science" http://bit.ly/17mxwae

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More than a business model: crowd-sourcing and impact in the humanities

More than a business model: crowd-sourcing and impact in the humanities | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

Crowd-sourcing is a somewhat loaded term, particularly when it comes to impact and public engagement.  When Jeff Howe coined it in his 2006 Wired article, The Rise of Crowdsourcing, he was drawing a conscious parallel with the concept of out-sourcing, moving essential tasks in the manufacturing and service industries from costly European and US labour markets to ones in the Far East, India etc.  And in those early days, crowd-sourcing was very much about furthering the aims of for-profit business: design competitions, distributed production, micro-tasks that anyone could perform as long as they had the time, the inclination and enthusiasm and, very likely, access to the Internet. As Daren C. Brabham called it, crowd-sourcing was ‘an online, distributed problem-solving and production model’. (...) - by Stuart Dunn, LSE blog "Impact of Social Science", March 21, 2013

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Repenser l’expérience de la thèse avec « Hack your PhD » | Knowtex Blog

Repenser l’expérience de la thèse avec « Hack your PhD » | Knowtex Blog | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

Le 20 décembre 2012, nous avons co-organisé un apéro Science(s) et Web avec Célya venue présenter « Hack Your PhD « . Dans cette interview, elle nous en dit en plus sur la genèse et les objectifs de ce groupe. (...) - par @gayaneadourian, Knowtex Blog, 02/01/2013

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Première plateforme allemande de financement participatif pour la science

[BE Allemagne 582] Le forum "Wissenschaft im Dialog" (la science en dialogue, WiD) [1] lance la première plateforme allemande de crowdfunding, ou financement participatif, pour les projets de recherche et de communication. Il suffit souvent de peu d'argent pour pouvoir démarrer un projet de recherche : juste assez pour un voyage d'études, un ordinateur, un appareil de mesure, ou encore un collaborateur pour quelques mois. Trop peu pour une requête officielle coûteuse. Pour donner une chance à de tels projets, Wissenschaft im Dialog lance donc sa plateforme sciencestarter.de. (...) - Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2012/09/14

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