New York City October 10-16, 2011 www.mobilityshifts.


Rigorously Unprofessional
Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 p.m. Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Theory and practice. Teaching and learning. Expert and layperson. Civic science projects defy contradictions like these to come up with new ways of making sense of the world. Along the way, everyone involved gets a chance to experience the pleasure and pride of self-guided, open-ended learning. Civic science projects create opportunities for experts and laypeople to truly work together. Democracy suffers when governments rely exclusively on “experts” to help them make decisions. Civic science projects make democracy possible when complicated technical issues threaten the quality of public conversations about policy. Civic science projects are not merely “participatory.” They’re more than just a “way for folks to get involved.” They’re rigorous – and you might even say they’re rigorously unprofessional. This panel discussion between practitioners of civic science explores questions that, on the technical side, center on data authentication and legal chain of custody issues in an age where measuring with precision and recording with accuracy in shareable formats is no longer a barrier for good science or admissible evidence. Liz Barry (The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science) Matthew Lippincott (The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science) Phil Silva (The New School)

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