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GEOFF HAINES-STILES

Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions

THE CROWD & THE CLOUD

NSF Awards: 1422198

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

THERE’S A REVOLUTION HAPPENING IN SCIENCE.

AND NOW, MORE THAN EVER, YOU CAN BE PART OF IT.

Are you interested in birds, fish, bees, butterflies, the oceans or streams in your community? Are you concerned about fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Zika or other epidemics? Now you can do more than read about these issues. You can be part of the solution.

Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are enabling regular citizens to become part of a 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environments, monitoring neighborhoods, collecting information about the world and the things they care about, so-called “citizen scientists” are helping professional scientists to advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.

The results are improving health and welfare, assisting in wildlife conservation, combating climate change, and giving communities the power to create needed innovation and help themselves.

Citizen science has amazing promise, but also raises questions about data quality and privacy. Its potential and challenges are explored in THE CROWD & THE CLOUD, a 4-part public television series premiering in April 2017. Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, and written and produced by Geoff Haines-Stiles (Carl Sagan’s COSMOS, Creation of the Universe, EARTH: The Operators’ Manual) each episode takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate.

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