I’m five months (heavens, am I really?) into a research project in Open Science and Public Engagement. It’s really rather unfair to carry out a project looking at Open Science without working openly myself, so hence this blog.
Open Science is an emerging approach in which the whole of a project and its data are made available for anyone to follow, analyse and potetially contribute to. Public engagement is variously defined but my current favourite comes from the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE): ‘mutual learning by publics and by scientists’ and ‘recognition of the importance of multiple perspectives and domains of knowledge’.
When a research project embraces Open Science, there is automatically a public engagement component – if the science is out there, someone who’s interested will find it. I’m interested in finding ways to allow the ‘mutual learning’ to happen: not only that the science becomes open for public engagement but the public engagement feeds back into the science.