The Crowd & The Cloud
The Crowd & The Cloud
Sun, 04/23/2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
(Rochester, NY)- Showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age.
WXXI-TV brings you all four-episodes of The Crowd and The Cloud, back-to-back on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The four-hour series showcases some of the people at the frontlines of this revolution in how science is done and their contributions to public health, environmental protection, wildlife conservation and mitigating the impacts of climate change. This new approach to science takes advantage of the almost universal availability of mobile technology, low cost sensors and other tools for collecting and sharing data. C&C travels around the U.S. and internationally to document inspiring stories of people taking charge of their health, their rivers and lakes, the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the communities in which they live. Its inspiring vision will offer view-ers who want to become do-ers online resources (crowdandcloud.org) to find out more.
The four programs include classic citizen science projects such as the Audubon Societyâ€™s Christmas Bird Count, which started in 1900, and recent start-ups such as Smartfin and Propeller Health, whichâ€”respectivelyâ€”use innovative sensors to capture ocean data, and help those suffering from asthma and their doctors track where attacks are triggered. Program 1, â€śEven Big Data Starts Small,â€ť shows how armchair mappers worldwide go online to transform satellite images into maps that help speed first responders where they need to be after disasters block roads. â€śEyesOnALZâ€ť uses crowdsourcing and gamification in â€śStall Catchersâ€ť to enlist online volunteers to help analyze blocked blood vessels in living brains, and speed up research into Alzheimerâ€™s disease, cutting a year of expert work down to two weeks without sacrificing data quality. Each program offers multiple intriguing examples, and engaging profiles of enthusiastic participants in the disruptive and increasingly global phenomenon of â€śCitizen Science in the Digital Age.â€ť (Descriptions of the four programs follow.)
The series is hosted by Waleed Abdalati, former NASA Chief Scientist and now Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As Waleed comments, â€śMy background as a scientist, working for NASA and at universities, has shown me the value of the Big Picture perspective you get from looking at Earth from space. Now that Iâ€™ve been able to dive into the projects weâ€™ve covered in The Crowd and The Cloud, Iâ€™ve learned that the up close and personal perspective, people collaborating and sharing data via the cloud, is an excellent way to gather the information we need to help solve the challenges we all face. From earthquakes to epidemics, from air quality to Alzheimerâ€™s research, from the health of our oceans to the safety of our drinking water, citizen science and crowdsourcing can make a difference. And citizen science is science. The better the data, the bigger the impact, for scientists, policy-makers and the public.â€ť