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Countdown 2030 Kat Austen


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Discussion of the importance of anchoring citizen science in human experience, by bringing in a richer multi-sensorial experience of data and human-centred design principles - with a focus on environmental projects. Given remotely at Countdown 2030, Institute of Global Prosperity, University College London

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Countdown 2030 Kat Austen

  1. 1. Kat Austen iilab - information innovation lab London and Berlin Challenges and opportunities in developing methodologies and platforms for citizen science projects
  2. 2. 6:00 • image: Cascade Butterfly Project, Mount Rainer National Park, NPS photo by Kevin Bacher, Flickr
  3. 3. Richness in data • Data can be misleading • Richer datasets to provide context • Explore different modes of interaction with data
  4. 4. The medium is part of the message • Technological devices change how we think • Different senses give different insights • We interpret data through a cultural filter • We create meaning through our community environment image: Amber Case, flickr Hiroshi Ishii, Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab demonstrates a tangible user interface
  5. 5. 5:00 image: Cristiano Betta, flickr
  6. 6. Ethics and politics • What do the citizen scientists get out of it? • How can we create spaces for agency and innovation? image: San Jose Library, flickr
  7. 7. Anchoring practice in human experience image: Ali Edwards, flickr
  8. 8. Human-centred citizen science • Interdisciplinary approaches • Citizen science methods • DIY science • Embodied experiences of data
  9. 9. Pikslo Deep Dive - underwater interception • Co-mentored workshop: Robertina Sebjanic, Gjino Sutic, Slavko Glamocanin and Kat Austen • Piksel Festival 2015, Bergen, Norway image: Robertina Sebjanic
  10. 10. Pikslo Deep Dive Methods • DIY Chemistry tests for microplastics • DIY Hydrophone fabrication • Field trips to collect samples and make audio recordings • Visualisations of audio recordings DIY analysis of microplastics in seaweed image: Robertina Sebjanic Hydrophone in fjord captures the sound of our motor
  11. 11. Pikslo Coral Empathy Prototype
  12. 12. Engineering Comes Home • Community co-design methods for infrastructure engineering • Nexus of food, water, waste and energy • Partners: UCL Engineering, Newcastle University’s Open Lab, iilab
  13. 13. Engineering Comes Home • Co-design with the community of what measurements are needed • Sustained engagement • Engagement with politics of infrastructure
  14. 14. Multiple disciplines, knowledge sharing • Sociology • Engineering / engineering design • Software and Hardware technology • Art • Ethnography • Community knowledge
  15. 15. Engagement with complex systems
  16. 16. Community facilitation through technology and citizen science image: Kate Ter Haar, flickr
  17. 17. what this means to the next 15 years? • More physical and emotive engagement with data • More connected to the environment • Greater understanding of complex systems
  18. 18. what this means to the next 15 years? • Fewer boundaries around science • More engaged citizens
  19. 19. what this means to the next 15 years? • Greater community cohesion • More community-driven understanding of fruits of citizen science • Diversity of modes of exploring data