Open science, citizen science - unleashing the power of community collaboration to create new museum science.

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Panel session given at MCN2012. This slide deck is the introduction, and was followed by talks from Arfon Smith (Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium and Technical Lead of the Zooniverse projects) and Jeff Holmes (Digital content editor, Encyclopedia of Life).
Session abstract:
Citizen science describes methodologies and technologies that allow members of the public to contribute actively to gathering, improving and analysing data. Museums, particularly natural history and science museums have started to utilise citizen science techniques to provide a way to increase the speed and volume of information processing that can be undertaken. Datasets published openly and online can be made available for transcription, pattern recognition and visual analysis. The skills of enthusiastic amateurs can be utilised to gather new data for research and to add to existing collections datasets. In this panel the benefits to museum research and collections of citizen science approaches will be presented, along with case studies and discussions of technologies for large scale public data analysis.

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    1. 1. Open science, citizen science – unleashing the power of community collaboration to create new museum science Elycia Wallis, Arfon Smith, Jeff Holmes @elyw @arfon #MCN2012http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/1403358/lithograph-plate-7-observations-of-the-southern-nebulae-made-with-the-great-melbourne-telescope-1869-1885-joseph-turner-circa-1876
    2. 2. Participatory, not new, needs open data http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/1267787/photograph-camp-at-trousers-point- flinders-island-1893
    3. 3. Finding projects http://scistarter.com/ http://www.citizensciencecenter.com/
    4. 4. Inside museums and out http://www.projectnoah.org/ http://www.climatewatch.org.au/
    5. 5. Atlas of Living Australia http://www.ala.org.au/
    6. 6. Atlas of Living Australia http://volunteer.ala.org.au/ Agarista agricola Image taken as part of Australian Museum rapid digitisation project. Photographer: Louise Ledwich © Australian Museum Available online at: http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/image/Agarista-agricola-2
    7. 7. Frogs and leaves http://australianmuseum.net.au/BlogPost/Web-2U/Introducing-our-Frogs-Field-Guide http://www.gbcma.vic.gov.au/default.asp?ID=ispy_catchment_creatures http://leafsnap.com/
    8. 8. Getting museum science out http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/mv-field-guide-app/
    9. 9. Here come thepeople – what canthey do?http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/1688765/digital-photograph-family-walking-to-st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-circa-1932

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