New Tools for Science Policy
The Illusion of Average: An Open Science Approach to Research
Improving Scientific Research in the Age of Personalization and Open Data
In a new program for the Fall 2016 New Tools series, we are hosting three seminars that explore the future of scientific research as it confronts enormous challenges and discovers promising new opportunities.
About the Seminar
September 23, 2016 8:30am—10:30am
Talk 2: When the Differences Matter: an Open Science Approach in an Age of Individualization
Public participation for science or advocacy has an inconsistent history of effectiveness. New tools for crowdsourcing and challenge platforms have unflattering track records, revealing the current limits of technologies to enable the centralization or decentralization of power and influence. Local expertise can be harnessed toward a new reality in which communities provide feedback on their own conditions. When challenges arise, publics equipped with new tools can legitimately participate by studying their circumstances, testing alternatives for improving their communities, and advocating for the actions that best reflect their current values. Further, these strategies can be tailored to local realities to increase the likelihood of successful adoption and implementation. There are many examples of how open innovation is changing conversations with participatory infrastructures:
- When data are open, more values are supported, and alternatives can be explored.
- Publics can collect and process data to focus attention on locally relevant problems.
- Publics are local experts who provide distributed context and situational awareness.
- Publics ask unique questions that can be locally tested with quantified self, agile science, and small data methods.
- Crowdsourcing can be a form of advocacy, as demonstrated in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Taken together, these opportunities highlight the shifting role of non-scientists from receiving “answers” to, instead, shaping questions and supporting rigorous, contextualized research that can be fed back into a robust, curated knowledge base.
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Associate Professor of Policy Informatics, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University
Director of the Center for Policy Informatics, Arizona State University
Erik W. Johnston is an Associate Professor of Policy Informatics in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is the Director of the Center for Policy Informatics. His current research interests are: 1. Assessing how models and…
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
Founder of SciStater and ScienceCheerleader
Darlene Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter, a popular online citizen science community that collaborates with scientists to tackle formal and informal research projects. She is also the founder of ScienceCheerleader, a site that creates mechanisms for public engagement in…
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