Users and peers. From citizen science to P2P science

Date: 
Monday, March 22, 2010
Resource Type:
Mass Media Article | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Public Programs, Citizen Science Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Scientists
Discipline: 
Computing and information science | General STEM | Technology
Description: 

This introduction presents the essays belonging to the JCOM special issue on User-led and peer-to-peer science. It also draws a first map of the main problems we need to investigate when we face this new and emerging phenomenon. Web tools are enacting and facilitating new ways for lay people to interact with scientists or to cooperate with each other, but cultural and political changes are also at play. What happens to expertise, knowledge production and relations between scientific institutions and society when lay people or non-scientists go online and engage in scientific activities? From science blogging and social networks to garage biology and open tools for user-led research, P2P science challenges many assumptions about public participation in scientific knowledge production. And it calls for a radical and perhaps new kind of openness of scientific practices towards society.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
9
Number: 
1
Document:

Team Members

Alessandro DelfantiAlessandro DelfantiAuthor

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