[open-geodata] An analogy
rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Fri Apr 20 21:28:41 BST 2012
On 20 April 2012 16:24, Jo Walsh <jo.walsh at ed.ac.uk> wrote:
> I've been working on a piece that i'd like to contribute to the @okfn blog, when it's ready. It started out as a fairly straightforward attempt to answer Charles Arthur's question on "Twitter" - "will this Open Access / 'academic spring' discussion end up going the same way as Free Our Data/ Open Geodata?"
Really interesting Jo -- thought provoking as always.
> I try to say things like "it does not look the same yet because there is no moral equivalent of OSM", then veer off into a lengthy criticism of the Zooniverse with which i feel quite pleased.
> If anyone felt like reading this early draft and offering comments, I'd be happy with that!
The academics organise events themed on Citizen Cyber-Science and
attempt to set up projects that look like the successful Galaxy Zoo.
Research broken up into small, bite-size, Amazon Mechanical Turk
tasks, that the peons can accomplish. Different simple ways of
harvesting our pattern-recognition intelligence in a fairly brute way.
For the results to be processed, anaysed and interpreted for the most
part by traditional means.
My feeling from talking with Francois Grey and others involved in
Citizen Cyberscience community (I can't speak for Galaxy Zoo /
Zooniverse folks that much) is that it quite the opposite of this: the
primary thing that gets them excited is the idea of getting a wider
community, and especially "average" citizens, engaged and excited in
science -- not the ability to get free labour from the "masses". The
creation of "crowd-sourcing" platforms for them is just because that
is one major way to give people an engaging way to do digital science.
Aside: along with Francois Grey and colleagues at the Citizen
Cyberscience Centre we've been building since last November (when it
started at Citizen Science hackday in Cape Town) an open-source
"crowd-sourcing" platform called PyBossa (http://pybossa.com/) --
source code at <https://github.com/PyBossa/pybossa>.
PyBossa is a "free, open-source, platform for creating and running
crowd-sourcing applications that utilise online assistance in
performing tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or
intelligence such as image classification, transcription, geocoding
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