Tools and Techniques for Outreach and Popular Engagement in eScience


October 9, 2012


Rafael Santos


Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais


Public participation in scientific research takes many forms: participation of volunteers in citizen science projects, monitoring of natural resources and phenomena, volunteering of computational resources for distributed data analysis tasks, and so forth.

In this presentation, we comment on some of the computational tools, techniques, and case studies of applications that enable active public participation in scientific research. Of particular interest are applications that showcase the benefits of letting the public use the professional resources (in other words, the same data and computational resources that the scientists have access to) and return something back to the research behind it, such as applications that go beyond simple publication of scientific data or applications that use novel methods for user engagement. Examples of applications for scientific outreach that use specialized computational tools or techniques, and/or educational approaches, are also discussed.