The Crowd & The Cloud: Citizen Science On-Demand

The Crowd & The Cloud: Citizen Science On-Demand

Pictured: The 2016 Sherpa Science Initiative is the 5th time glaciologist Ulyana Horodyskyj has returned to the Ngozumpa Glacier in the foothills of the Himalayas, Nepal. Her Sherpa Science Initiative trains local Sherpa to monitor scientific instruments year-round, contributing both to science and also to understanding potential floods in their local environment.

Photo courtesy Ulyana Horodyskyj.

Watch The Crowd and The Cloud on-demand, showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. Then pick your project to become involved in as a citizen scientist. All ages welcome!

Check out all four-episodes of The Crowd and The Cloud on-demand The 4-part 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. Watch here:

The four programs include classic citizen science projects such as the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which started in 1900, and recent start-ups such as Smartfin and Propeller Health, which—respectively—use innovative sensors to capture ocean data, and help those suffering from asthma and their doctors track where attacks are triggered. Program 1, “Even Big Data Starts Small,” 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. “EyesOnALZ” uses crowdsourcing and gamification in “Stall Catchers” to enlist online volunteers to help analyze blocked blood vessels in living brains, and speed up research into Alzheimer’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 “Citizen Science in the Digital Age.” (Descriptions of the four programs follow.)

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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, “My 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 I’ve been able to dive into the projects we’ve covered in The Crowd and The Cloud, I’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 Alzheimer’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.”

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