Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Another afternoon with Jim Mora, NZ National Radio

Science - the method - the conversation - the challenge
Today had me, slightly unexpectedly, on air with Jim Mora on NZ National Radio. It was a little rough around the edges  - as the audio will attest - but it did give me an instant chance to talk about some of the issues running around my brain since last weekend's Foo Camp - not least of which is how science and scientists can use online media to engage with citizens, as well as make sure the best of the scientific imagination remains front of mind.

The Audio
The notes on the sources mentioned are below. The video above is from the NZ  Science Media Centre in Wellington, which we discuss on air. The audio is available via this wee player, or if you refer it on yours,   download: Ogg Vorbis   MP3


Citizen Science
"a term used for projects or ongoing program of scientific work in which individual volunteers or networks of volunteers, many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement or computation.  The use of citizen-science networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than would otherwise be possible. In addition, these projects aim to promote public engagement with the research, as well as with science in general. .."
source - wikipedia


SETI - the original one -  lend your computer to a huge global experiment to find intelligent life in space. 

Galaxy Zoo - help map the heavens - much more centered on getting people involved in the experiment.

Great Sunflower Project

UK Herberai at Home

General links about Citizen Science

New Zealand Science Media Centre

Science Media Centre  Great project -  the idea is to give media stories and resources on science - both in NZ and offshore. Based on the premise that science doesn't get reported very well in NZ and that journalists and others need help with resources. Good references for both citizens - media and scientists

Royal Society in NZ 
- and the global big  350th birthday 
NZ Royal Society now being enlarged  by the inclusion of the Humanities Council.
Means their focus has changed - now includes social and human sciences.

United Kingdom
Royal Society UK

Royal Society, UK is having its 350th birthday. 

See also

" Welcome to Trailblazing, an interactive timeline for everybody with an interest in science. Compiled by scientists, science communicators and historians – and co-ordinated by Professor Michael Thompson FRS – it celebrates three and a half centuries of scientific endeavour and has been launched to commemorate the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary in 2010.
Trailblazing is a user-friendly, ‘explore-at-your-own-pace’, virtual journey through science. It showcases sixty fascinating and inspiring articles selected from an archive of more than 60,000 published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010.
 See Further
The Royal Society is launching a big site - See Further - on the 350 year celebrations this coming Friday - see here

Creative Commons in NZ

The State of Victoria in Australia has decided that all  government information now be issued under the Creative Commons license. Very big deal for open government and online democracy - innovation etc. What's happening here in NZ?  Should we go this way?  Why does it matter.
For quick reference to the State of Victoria stroy see my blog, here

NZ Position
The status of the Creative Commons license in NZ as a default recommendation for government data and information is part of a discussion paper which has been widely circulated by the NZ SSC in recent months. The final paper plus cabinet recommendations should be in play in the next month or so, with potentially, some real progress on this by June.

Sources NZ Goal  - New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework - NZ  Consultation paper
E-Gov blog - useful place to keep alertCreative Commons NZ,
Open Data NZ


gordon said...

What on earth is happening to National Radio when we cannot switch on without being brainwahed by Maori programmes and words. Maybe there should be a separate station for Maori programmes. I feel it is so unnecessary and frustrating for non speaking Maori to have to put up with this every day. What about some of the Asian languages - maybe they should be introduced. Aren't we supposed to be New Zealanders ??

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