As a part of international Open Access Week, we have organized a workshop on citizen science, where we have covered the technical infrastructure required to run an online citizen science project. The opening lecture was given by Puneet Kishor, an independent consultant, formerly working at Science Commons.
Science has been practiced for hundreds of years primarily in institutions, making a distinction between those who are a part of it and those who are not. Humans, however, are born curious, and computers and networks have transformed their tinkering. Making not just physical things but software as well as software-driven and networked hardware, the act of knowledge-discovery and knowledge-making has developed non-institutional analogs to almost every aspect of institutional science. Co-working spaces as well as hacker/makerspaces provide the alternative to physical spaces in which both camaraderie and co-learning can take place. Collectively, these developments make for informal learning academies that are redefining the boundaries of the academy as well as who can participate in them. So, you are a practitioner of open science, and have released your work under an open license. But that was the easy part. Now I ask you, what have you done since then to make it easy for others to participate in your work?
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