Information Access Seminar

Citizen Science and Citizen Humanities in the Age of Cyberinfrastructure

Friday, April 23, 2010
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Clifford Lynch
Some thoughts on citizen science and citizen humanities in the age of cyberinfrastructure. "Amateur" or "citizen" science has a rich history. Indeed, once all scientists were arguably amateurs. We are seeing a resurgence of this in a range of scientific areas. I'll survey a few of these, and try to draw some generalizations about where amateur engagement seems most feasible, as well as trying to raise some questions about possible distinctions between amateur and citizen science today. I'll then examine the recent rise of amateur or citizen humanistic work, which has been enormous and has been fueled both by social changes and changes in the educational system, and look at some of the implications of these developments for scholarship broadly.

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March 26, 2015