[ESIP-all] FW: Invitation to BRDI Crowdsourcing Symposium, June 13, 2011, 4:00 pm

Graves, Sara SGraves at itsc.uah.edu
Wed Jun 1 12:37:37 EDT 2011

Apologies if you have already received.


274711375-ffcf14> Dear colleague: 

You are cordially invited to attend a public symposium on Crowdsourcing:
Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social Networking. The
event is being organized by the National Research Council's Board on
Research Data and Information, and will be held on June 13 in
Washington, DC at the Embassy Suites, 900 10th Street, NW. A formal
invitation with the summary description of the symposium, the exact
location, and RSVP instructions may be found below. 

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may
be interested. Registrations will be honored on a
first-come-first-served basis. More complete information about the event
and about the Board on Research Data and Information is available at:

Our apologies if this is a duplicate. 

Best wishes, 

Paul F. Uhlir 
Director, Board on Research Data and Information 
puhlir at nas.edu 

Crowdsourcing: Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social


Organized by the 
Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council
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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 one or more specific issues or
problems, either from a targeted group or the general public. Although
there are many types of crowdsourcing applications in many sectors and
businesses, the public research community has used the techniques
extensively in recent years.


According to Wikipedia, itself a highly successful crowdsourcing
initiative, there are many perceived benefits to this model (see
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*	Various topics can be addressed at a low cost and usually quite
rapidly, frequently with no payments to the contributors;
*	The organization doing the crowdsourcing can greatly broaden the
potential contributions beyond its own employees and direct contacts;
*	The crowdsourcing activity may be able to provide the views of
many prospective customers or other interested parties, and can initiate
and develop relationships that would be difficult or impossible to
initiate otherwise.

Different internet services can be used for online crowdsoucing, from
traditional websites and emails, to social networking sites, such as
Facebook. Because of the growing use and potential importance of this
technique to various research applications, including the improvement of
scientific information resources, the Board on Research Data and
Information is holding a public symposium in the afternoon of 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 a number of experts and practitioners. We are pleased to
offer the following program, moderated by Prof. Michael Lesk of Rutgers
University, and chair of the Board on Research Data and Information:




Roberta Balstad, Columbia University

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


[Presenter TBD]

The GEO wiki project


Benjamin Heywood, CEO PatientsLikeMe (invited)

[Presentation title TBD]


Comment by Michael Keller, Stanford University and BRDI Member


Panel discussion of invited speakers and Board members


General discussion with the audience




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





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