Citizen Social Science Methods, Data and Challenges
Key Notes: Professor Chris Lintott (Zooniverse/University of Oxford) and Professor Muki Haklay (UCL)
Digital data is now generated in huge volumes by many citizens and is documenting peoples lives in detail. Moreover citizens are increasingly generating data as part of a sense of their own need to respond and report including during humanitarian crises. These approaches link to debates about civic engagement and the observant digital citizen. Digital citizens are becoming the eyes and ears of the world and the citizen response is becoming part of the tools to tackle social problems and political challenges previously left to the state. There are new opportunities to address intractable social issues but also increasing numbers of voices and truth claims.
In this interactive one-day conference we will explore the future of citizen science and citizen social science methods. We will examine the different types of applications, methods, the data and the challenges posed including in terms of the debates about expertise, divisions of labour, different ways of seeing, data quality, questions about what might still be going undocumented and the ethical issues raised. We will also consider the ways in which more people can be encouraged to participate as citizen scientists.
The conference will include talks by leading academics and practitioners involved in using citizen science and citizen social science methods. There will be opportunities to try out citizen science tools and to contribute to the debates.
11am - Introductions and citizen science project demonstrations.
11.15am - Methods, Data, Ethics – Professor Chris Lintott (Zooniverse/University of Oxford) and Professor Muki Haklay (University College London).
12.15pm - Practitioner Short Talks 1 – Methods, Data and Ethics. Including: Ben Rich (BBC), Hilary Geoghegan (Reading), Will Dixon (Manchester), K. Purdam (Manchester).
1pm - Lunch and more project demonstrations.
1.30pm - Practitioner Short Talks 2 – Methods, Data and Ethics. Including: Erinma Ochu (Salford), Monika Buscher (Lancaster), Alex Albert (Manchester), Liz Richardson (Manchester).
2.30pm - More Participation? – Redesigning Research and the Policy Interface - Professor Muki Haklay (University College London).
3pm – 3.45pm Round Table Discussion – Ground Up Data and Crowd Sourced Applications.