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Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online

News: Jul 02, 2014

Science increasingly turns to online volunteers through open calls for help in analysis of very large sets of data. This initiative goes under the banner of “citizen science”, crowdsourcing” or “crowd science” and is an important and innovative way for science to expand the workforce needed to manage large data sets. Contributions from a wider population into scientific knowledge production require arrangements to ensure quality. How is digital technologies used to enable volunteers with limited knowledge about theory and method to contribute to science? How is scientific rigour and data quality achieved? In this project more seldom investigated aspects of citizen science will also be explored: the expanded role voluntary contributors might play as their relationship to science is mediated through digital technologies and the development of own epistemic practices among engaged amateurs.

The project will start late summer 2014 with funding from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg foundation (https://www.wallenberg.com/mmw/forskning/beviljade-anslag/projektanslag-2013).

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Participants: Dick Kasperowski, Christopher Kullenberg (Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg), Niclas Hagen (Ethnology, Lund University), Thomas Hillman, Åsa Mäkitalo
(Education, Communication & Learning, University of Gothenburg), Marisa Ponti, Igor Stankowic (Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg), Geoff Bowker (Informatics, University of California, Irvine),

For more information contact: Dick Kasperowski, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, E-mail


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