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  • Title of the session: Science, Space and the Web - Hack Jam;
  • Your affiliation: Alina Mierlus (Mozilla volunteer, Hive Barcelona project), Toni Hermoso (scientific webmaker), TBC (Data viz);
  • Session format (select Design Challenge, Learning Lab, or Fireside Chat): Design Challenge

What will your session or activity allow people to make, learn or do?

During this session, we will try to get participants explore the space between WEB and citizen science. That means, collaboratively design and prototype webapps and data vizualizations that would fill the gap between science and the citizens.

For example, imagine how many things could be done with the current available open scientific data. From apps that could help people to search information about a subject they are interested in, mashup various scientific information or tools that could help citizens visualize data and use it for their projects.

Participants will learn:

  • To paper prototype a scientific webapp;
  • Get to know how to work with scientific data and where to find it (open repositories with relevant scientific data);
  • Make data visualizations using technologies such as D3;

How do you see that working?

  • We will break into groups, based on skills and interest field;
  • We will have a short brainstorming about web and citizen science, trying to visualize which kind of tools could we make;
  • Groups will share their idea;
  • The second phase is paper prototyping and hacking session (with a short break for a elevator pitch from every group);

We will be using Tumblr to document the session.

How will you deal with 5, 15, 50 participants?

  • With 5 participants: we will make a group and work together;
  • With 15 participants: we will break two or three groups;
  • With 50 participants: We will split into 2 or 3 big groups, based on what people would want to do: paper prototype (ux interface etc.), data viz wizards (build vizualisations starting from some concrete data) and the third group - data miners (find solutions to make existent scientific data usable and "beautiful"). Then every big group splits into 2 or 3 smaller groups. We will have 3 phases: idea jam, elevator pitch, hack/design session (for the small groups). The final presentation from the 3 main groups.

How long within your session before someone else can teach this?

Paper prototyping: 20 - 25 mins. Data visualisation: 50 - 60 mins. Data mining: 2 hrs or more.

What do you see as outcomes after the festival?

Participants will leave with a prototype concept. We will have the Tumblr blog with follow-ups. Depending on the audience, we may have very well documented some new ways to process scientific data.

Interested participants can follow-up with us and organize Scientific Design Jams in their cities.