Panelists will share their experiences with citizen science initiatives and consider what factors contribute to a successful collaboration with interested amateurs. How have scientists created the necessary tools and infrastructure to gather data or verify analyses carried out by large numbers of citizen scientists? How do research funders and the scientific community view these projects? What does the future hold for citizen science?
The panelists are distinguished scientists engaged with citizen scientists. David W. Hogg is an astronomer and physicist at New York University. In addition to performing traditional scientific research on observational cosmology, he works on engineering systems that can manage and analyze enormous data sets. One of the spin-offs of this work is Astrometry.net, a Web-based service that automatically calibrates amateur and hobbyist images of the sky for use in scientific astronomical investigations. Jane Hunter is a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) at the University of Queensland in Australia. She is also the Director of the eResearch Lab where she leads a team of post-docs, PhD students, and software engineers developing software services for managing and analyzing scientific and research data. Rick Bonney is Director of Program Development and Evaluation at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and a co-founder of the Lab’s citizen science program. Founder and director of www.citizenscience.org, he researches developing projects in which the public actively engages in scientific investigation and environmental conservation and studies the impacts of public engagement in science.
Co-sponsored by Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program, Department of Astronomy, and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), this event is free and open to the public. It is the first of three events this semester in a speaker series, Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. Video will be distributed through the Program's website and Columbia University's iTunesU page, as well as on YouTube. For information about Research without Borders, please email Kathryn Pope at email@example.com, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.