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e-infrastructures for citizen science: an EC perspective – Kirsti Ala-Mutka

Thursday 16th February

Speaker: Kirsti Ala-Mutka | website

Background: researcher in online learning. From the EU provide high speed connectivity for researchers to set up collaboration platforms which (hopefully) have a global dimension. The EU supports access to remote instrumentation, high performance computing, virtual laboratories, grids, clouds, all to support virtual research communities. Support these virtual research communities to do outreach and education.

Riding the wave – high level expert group report (oct 2010) and Knowledge without Borders (GEANT expert group report oct 2011) are two guiding papers.

Horizon 2020 proposal. AT the moment considering how the visions can be put in practise as research programs. Want to promote science education, reinforce public confidence in science, informed engagement of citizens and civil society on research and innovation, and more.

Great potential for citizen science, for: data collection infrastructure, highly distributed human computation resources, computing and storage resources, demand and innovations for scientific software and services development. eScience talk.

Questions: should citizen science have specific, own programmes or be seen as part of broader e-infrastructure development activities? How important is it to have collaborations between citizen science initiatives and discipline-based “professional” research communities? How to best encourage citizen science initiatives for preparing proposals?

Very interested in comments or suggestions now or in the break.

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