The Crowd & The Cloud | Even Big Data Starts Small

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The Crowd & The Cloud, Even Big Data Starts Small airs on WSKG-TV April 5, 2017 at 11pm


Are you interested in birds, fish, the oceans or streams in your community? Are you concerned about fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Zika or other epidemics? Now you can do more than read about these issues. You can be part of the solution.

Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are enabling regular citizens to become part of a 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environments, monitoring neighborhoods, collecting information about the world and the things they care about, so-called “citizen scientists” are helping professional scientists to advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.

The results are improving health and welfare, assisting in wildlife conservation, and giving communities the power to create needed change and help themselves.

Citizen science has amazing promise, but also raises questions about data quality and privacy. Its potential and challenges are explored in the 4-part series, THE CROWD & THE CLOUD. Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, each episode takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate.

2 thoughts on “The Crowd & The Cloud | Even Big Data Starts Small

    • It’s a regular problem for us that there are more excellent program choices than there is airtime. Sometimes an excellent program such as “The Crowd & The Cloud” must unavoidably be scheduled outside of “prime time.” The remaining three episodes will indeed be Wednesday nights at 11:00pm. Thanks for watching, Dr. Cahill.

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