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Insights, approaches and opportunities for citizen science. Talk given to BBC Learning as part of their Imaginarium programme.

Insights, approaches and opportunities for citizen science. Talk given to BBC Learning as part of their Imaginarium programme.

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  • Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), the founder of the Wellcome Trust, was one of the most fascinating men of his time. A businessman, collector and philanthropist, he was born in the American Wild West but ended his days as a knight of the British Realm.Wellcome co-founded a multinational pharmaceutical company that mastered modern techniques of advertising such as promotion, image and branding. The wealth that Wellcome's company brought him was invested in amassing an astonishing collection of historical objects, which at the time of his death was larger than that of many of Europe's most famous museums.He also funded pioneering medical research. In his lifetime, scientists funded by Wellcome made great breakthroughs into understanding how our bodies work. After his death, Wellcome's will provided for the creation of the Wellcome Trust.
  • Herb Simon
  • A modern term but an old practice. Gentlemen scientists of 20th Darwin & Agnes PockelsSurface TensionEver blown bubbles from a soap solution? The shape of the bubble is because of a phenomenon called surface tension, which happens where water meets air. The soap in the bubble reduces the surface tension, allowing the water bubble to last for sometime without breaking. It is very important at the kitchen sink. If you use too little soap, the water will not remove the oil sticking to the dirt. If you use too much, you’ll have to keep buying soap! The right balance was discovered by a German woman – Agnes Pockels.Letter to RayleighIn 1891, the famous British physicist Lord Rayleigh received a letter in German. When he had it translated, he found that it mentioned some astonishing experiments. The writer, Agnes Pockels, had devised a simple device, consisting of a tin trough, with a movable strip of tin on top.
  • PARTNERSHIPS
  • SUNFLOWER DIARIES CAMPAIGN consisted ofA CALL TO ACTION – short video telling people how to get involved & how to filmWeb instructions on how to film and upload to youtubeFortnightly questions for people to respond to with a videoVideos blogged & tweeted Final short film that included some of the videos – played at Manchester Science Festival
  • SUNFLOWER DIARIES CAMPAIGN consisted ofA CALL TO ACTION – short video telling people how to get involved & how to filmWeb instructions on how to film and upload to youtubeFortnightly questions for people to respond to with a videoVideos blogged & tweeted Final short film that included some of the videos – played at Manchester Science Festival
  • At Manchester pride- 80,000 people – the theme was Geek Science – Turing’s Sunflowers influenced several floats & sunflowers were handed out –
  • Eastland homes who manage social housing in some of the most deprived parts of Manchester got involved by putting on a residents fun day to decorate their Turing’s Sunflowers float for Pride – if they’d got that number sequence wrong – we’d have known they didn’t understand the maths! People did their own thing – we just encouraged them…
  • If you want to find out more about fibonacci numbers in nature – do check out the Edinburgh Science Festival Patterns in Nature Exhibition – it features two sunflower photos taken by growers (who happened to be professional photographers)
  • If you’re thinking about developing your own citizen science project, this guide, is a great place to start…
  • Digital artist Salvatore Iaconesi hacked his medical records to put them online in a global search for the best treatments:Artist Daksha Patel. Ramon y Cajal. Father of modern neuroscience. He was skilled at drawing, and hundreds of his illustrations of brain cells are still used for educational purposes today
  • What else are artists and scientists doing?
  • Innovation at the edge
  • Creating immersive experiences
  • Crowdsource playlist from the audience….
  • And now to a new citizen science experiment that requires your input…. Thanks for sharing your songs – imagine the place where you start to nod your head and sing along… that’s the hook – everyone knows it when they hear it… but scientists aren’t sure why
  • Operating on spotify platform
  • Love to hear ideas on…
  • Artists’ websites

Citizen Science Citizen Science Presentation Transcript

  • erinma ochu
  • Herb Simon, The Sciences of the artificial
  • Early Citizen ScienceCharles Darwin Agnes Pockels
  • Definitions/ Approaches• Citizen Science – Usually unpaid individuals & interest groups contributing to scientific experiments• Co-design (or extreme citizen science) – Public participate in setting research question(s), methods and/ or analysis to address social need• Crowdsourced science – Complex problem, wisdom & power of crowd to create, analyse, collect datasets – research benefits• DIYBIO – network of hobbyists & biohackers DIY, hack, open source ethos to labs, equipment, methods• Variations – Citizen Science with co-design & crowdsourcing elements
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  • Available online: www.ukeof.org.uk
  • Salvatore IaconesiDaksha Patel Ramon Y Cajal Matteo Farinella
  • 4/16/2013 BSA 2010 33
  • HOOKED!
  • BBC Learning playlist• Queen – I want to break free• R Kelly – She’s got that vibe• Black eyed peas – I’ve gotta feeling• PJ & Duncan – Let’s get ready to rhumble• One Direction – Live while you’re young• The Gap Band – Burn rubber on me• The Cure – Boys don’t cry• Simple Minds – Don’t you forget• Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
  • 1. Schools Learning Resource2. Promote & publicise3. Share the results4. DIY
  • Publications & Resources• The Sciences of the Artificial (1996) MIT Press: http://bit.ly/ZY7vnk• Guide to Citizen Science: http://www.ukeof.org.uk/documents/guide-to- citizen-science.pdf• Centre for Social Justice, Durham Ethical Guidance: http://www.dur.ac.uk/beacon/socialjustice/ethics_consultation/• Making is Connecting: the social meaning of connectivity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0. Polity Press 2011 http://www.makingisconnecting.org• Beyond research in the wild: citizen-led research as a model for innovation in the digital economy: http://www.de2012.org/sites/default/files/digitalfutures2012papers/Papers/S ession1BTalesofEngagement/Whittle_etal_BeyondRitW.pdf• Regional development in health and social services in the UK: ‘edge effects’ and sustainable change in welfare organisations (1995)
  • Websites• Salvatore Iaconesi: www.artisopensource.net/• Daksha Patel: dakshapatel.co.uk/• Matteo Farinella: www.neurocomic.org/• Albinomosquito: www.albinomosquito.com/• Erinma Ochu: everyoneandeverything.wordpress.com/
  • erinma.ochu@manchester.ac.uk