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Crowdsourcing: Improving the quality of scientific data through social networking

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Organized by the Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council
(http://www.nationalacademies.org/brdi)

Monday, June 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Embassy Suites, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Crowdsourcing may be described as a distributed information production and problem-solving activity, today performed mostly online. The technique invites contributions on specific issues or problems, either from a targeted group or the general public.

Because of the growing use and potential importance of this technique to various research applications, including the improvement of scientific information resources, the National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) will hold a public symposium Monday, June 13, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The symposium will explore some of the key issues underlying crowdsourcing, provide several compelling examples, and offer an opportunity for the audience to discuss this topic with experts and practitioners. The program will be moderated by Prof. Michael Lesk of Rutgers University, and chair of the Board on Research Data and Information:

Speakers

Roberta Balstad, Columbia University and BRDI Vice-Chair
The first crowdsourcing experiment: lessons learned

Gregory Phelan, State University of New York at Cortland
Use of crowdsourcing online in scientific research

Scott Hausman, NOAA National Climatic Data Center
Engaging the public in climate science: exploiting crowdsourcing to digitize and analyze climate data

Leo Bottrill, World Wildlife Fund
Mapping the future of forests: an introduction to the Moabi crowdsourcing system

David Clifford, Manager of Public Policy and Government Affairs, CEO PatientsLikeMe
Crowdsourcing information about diseases through PatientsLikeMe

Comment by Michael Keller, Stanford University and BRDI Member

Panel discussion of invited speakers and Board members
And general discussion with the audience

Comment by Michael Keller, Stanford University and BRDI Member

Panel discussion of invited speakers and Board members, and general discussion with the audience

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The symposium is open to the public, but advance registration is requested (contact: Cheryl Levey, clevey@nas.edu or call 202-334-1531).

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