Monthly Archives: November 2012

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


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.

Socially Networked Arts Groups


ArtsTech Meetups, the Upgrade Network, DorkBot, and other self-organized groups are providing a great social forum for museum professionals, curators, fans, innovators and artists to collaborate and meet in a physical social space. In this session, we’ll look at how these unaffilliated groups are contributing to the greater social fabric of the arts scene and discuss how institutions are collaborating with these loosely organized networks.

Presented at MCN2012 :

http://www.mcn.edu/socially-networked-arts-groups

Socially Networked Arts Groups


ArtsTech Meetups, the Upgrade Network, DorkBot, and other self-organized groups are providing a great social forum for museum professionals, curators, fans, innovators and artists to collaborate and meet in a physical social space. In this session, we’ll look at how these unaffilliated groups are contributing to the greater social fabric of the arts scene and discuss how institutions are collaborating with these loosely organized networks.

Presented at MCN2012 :

http://www.mcn.edu/socially-networked-arts-groups