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Digital Engagement (2): The Crowd as Sensors

Sometimes in research there are data analysis tasks that are too complicated¬†for computers to manage, but are surprisingly simple for humans to do. This is the basis for Citizen Science, an approach which uses digital platforms to recruit a target audience (‘The Crowd’) to help analyse and classify research data which cannot be automated by …

Digital Engagement: An Introductory Blog Series

As a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher, talking with colleagues from other fields about digital engagement and impact always used to surprise me. For many, it was something that was only ever possible or relevant toward the end of a research project, while for others it was not always seen as beneficial (and perhaps something of …

Sharing research data – benefits, not burdens

UK research councils typically require researchers to share their research data externally, in line with a common set of principles established in 2011, but with precise details about what should be shared being defined within individual sets of funder regulations. Effective sharing of research data does require effort and advance planning, and it can be …

Digital Technologies: changing the way research is undertaken

Enhance the connectivity of research Digital technologies are driving changes in the way research is undertaken. An example is the use of Crowd Sourcing. This is as a powerful way to harness contributions from large groups of people. They might contribute ideas or undertake specific task. One popular platform for people-powered research is Zooniverse (www.zooniverse.org). …