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Open Mic Science - May 7, 2012

Open Mic Science - May 7, 2012

A talk on crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. http://openmicscience.weebly.com/


Deepak Singh

May 08, 2012


  1. Most of the smartest people work for someone else D

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  3. “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people

    work for someone else”
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  5. buzzword bingo

  6. “crowdsourcing”

  7. “citizen science”

  8. “social networks for scientists”

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  11. small things loosely coupled

  12. ... one more thing

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  14. open data

  15. ... but I’ve been collaborating since I was in grad

  16. not your adviser’s collaboration

  17. The Wisdom of Crowds

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  22. The Polymath Project

  23. Tim Gowers

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  25. Fields Medallist

  26. http://gowers.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/is-massively-collaborative-mathematics-possible/

  27. social experiment

  28. ideas/progress on his blog

  29. comment section

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  31. time to solve problem #1?

  32. 37 days

  33. 27 people

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  35. Nucl. Acids Res. (2010) 38 (suppl 1): D633-D639

  36. I'd also be remiss if I didn't also note the

    critical role online collaboration played in this effort. Of the seven coauthors on this paper, two I've met only once in real life, and two I've never met in person. We are spread over four cities, five organizations, and nine time zones. Initiating and executing this collaboration happened virtually entirely online, aided by the FriendFeed Life Scientists room and Molecular and Cellular Biology WikiProject at Wikipedia. It was an eye-opener in terms of how effective online collaboration can be done.
  37. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Gene_Wiki

  38. Citizen Science

  39. Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in

    part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. Formally, citizen science has been defined as "the systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis". Citizen science is sometimes called "public participation in scientific research." Source: Wikipedia
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  41. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=708

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  48. Credit: Arfon Smith

  49. Credit: Arfon Smith yikes!!!

  50. Credit: Arfon Smith

  51. 475,000 volunteers 300,000,000 classifications

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  53. Credit: Arfon Smith

  54. http://speakerdeck.com/u/arfon

  55. in conclusion

  56. science

  57. not just for the pros

  58. not just with people you know well

  59. “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people

    work for someone else”
  60. collaborate & contribute

  61. the tools and platforms exist

  62. deepak@deepaksingh.net Twitter:@mndoci http://speakerdeck.com/u/mndoci http://deepaksingh.net Inspiration and ideas from Arfon Smith

    & Michael Nielsen Credit” Oberazzi under a CC-BY-NC-SA license