Citizen CyberScience – New Directions and Opportunities for Human Computation

The concept of citizen cyberscience has been described as “…a grass-roots movement which challenges the assumption that only professional [scientists] can do science. Given the right tools and incentives, and some online training, millions of enthusiastic volunteers can make a real difference, contributing to significant scientific discoveries” – Pierre Spierer, Vice Director for Research at the University of Geneva. Citizen cyberscience has been said to be sub-categorized as volunteered computing, volunteered thinking, and participatory sensing. But how does citizen cyberscience differ from other forms of public scientific engagement? Citizen Cyberscience offers human computation many opportunities. Some citizen science projects introduce new human computation techniques or engagement modalities, thus directly contributing to a growing body of human computation methods. In this way we can see citizen science as applied human computation, a platform for human computation research, and a body of work that may innovate in the human computation space.


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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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