Science to the
    People
  Science and Social Media
      Richard Akerman
 National Research Council
      October 21, 20...
Outline
• What is science?
• Starry Messengers
• Web 2.0 (Social Web)
• Citizen Science
• The Future
                     ...
For the Science!

Observe & Report


                    3
Starry Messenger

Accordingly, on the seventh day of
January of the present year 1610, at the
first hour of the night, when...
SN 1987A
"It was a little telescope maybe just a little bit
bigger than a Tasco special from Wal-Mart,"
Shelton said, reca...
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                                                   ...
17th Century “Internet”

• letters
• books


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21st Century Internet

• letters
• books
• and...

                         8
Web 2.0




  Facebook © 2009



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Mobile

• iPhone
• laptop
• netbook

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The Social Web


• not just a communications technology, a
  community technology




                                    ...
The Interest-net

• You can connect with people around the
  world (soon even across language barriers)
  based on similar...
Citizen Science




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Why bother?
  "Much of what we know about global warming and
climate change comes from citizen science data, " she
 says. ...
iPhone astronomy




                   18
Real Balloon Boys




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space.1337arts.com


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Future Directions

• Even more distributed, local science
 • Your iPhone is an earthquake sensor
• Personalised medicine

...
Richard Akerman
           NRC-CISTI
Canada’s National Science Library



 © 2009 Government of Canada

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An overview of the impact of Web 2.0 on scientific interactions, and the possibilities for citizen science. - Presented at the Canada Science & Technology Museum for National Science & Tech Week 2009. Abstract: 'Science does not belong solely to scientists. You can be a citizen scientist! Ordinary citizens have a huge stake in science and technology. Discover how the Internet and social media are enabling a rise of “citizen science”, a movement that recognizes the contribution that concerned citizens can make to scientific policy and research.'

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  1. 1. Science to the People Science and Social Media Richard Akerman National Research Council October 21, 2009
  2. 2. Outline • What is science? • Starry Messengers • Web 2.0 (Social Web) • Citizen Science • The Future 2
  3. 3. For the Science! Observe & Report 3
  4. 4. Starry Messenger Accordingly, on the seventh day of January of the present year 1610, at the first hour of the night, when I inspected the celestial constellations through a spyglass, Jupiter [appeared]. 4
  5. 5. SN 1987A "It was a little telescope maybe just a little bit bigger than a Tasco special from Wal-Mart," Shelton said, recalling the night he discovered Supernova 1987A. "And that tells you it doesn't matter if it's a little telescope or a big telescope." 'Always look up,' says astronomy star 5
  6. 6. © Copyright 2009 CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved. 6
  7. 7. 17th Century “Internet” • letters • books 7
  8. 8. 21st Century Internet • letters • books • and... 8
  9. 9. Web 2.0 Facebook © 2009 9
  10. 10. 10
  11. 11. 11
  12. 12. Mobile • iPhone • laptop • netbook 12
  13. 13. The Social Web • not just a communications technology, a community technology 13
  14. 14. The Interest-net • You can connect with people around the world (soon even across language barriers) based on similar interests 14
  15. 15. Citizen Science 15
  16. 16. 16
  17. 17. Why bother? "Much of what we know about global warming and climate change comes from citizen science data, " she says. "That includes the patterns that we’re seeing in terms of global warming. Over 10,000 weather stations that are used to track temperatures and climate are actually operated by volunteers, have been on family farms for decades." Early Birds and Springtime 17
  18. 18. iPhone astronomy 18
  19. 19. Real Balloon Boys 19
  20. 20. space.1337arts.com 20
  21. 21. Future Directions • Even more distributed, local science • Your iPhone is an earthquake sensor • Personalised medicine 21
  22. 22. Richard Akerman NRC-CISTI Canada’s National Science Library © 2009 Government of Canada 22

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