Can Social Media Strengthen Science? A Panel Discussion
Science power to the people.
Mines the current means of funding science through the academy, government, and private funding in order to show the possibilities that are being realized through the use of crowdsourcing and social media.
Notes that private organizations are currently employing social media for scientific research, involving the public in science as subjects, researchers, clinicians, data collectors, reporters, and venture capitalists. This facilitates new, unprecedented research and provides for the spread of more information freely to the public. Drawbacks they are dealing with include reproducibility of results and questions of authority, as science and research makes its way into the hands of the people. Panelists suggest that these problems are solvable through collaboration.
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Source is a Forbes panel discussion. The link is to the full video (approximately 53 minutes).
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