Laymen in research. Towards open science


Thursday, 5 December 2019, 19.00

An Open Academy of Humanities lecture

Laymen in research. Towards open science

Speaker: Erika Bilicsi 

Since the 1990s, scientific communication has undergone a major change: through open access to published studies, social control is becoming stronger and stronger, and the results of taxpayer-funded research are regularly being shared with the public. Moreover, in recent years, research by laymen has also flourished: some scientists are becoming more open to engaging interested people in their research and to sharing their results online. Thousands of volunteers are involved in such projects, working with researchers to achieve scientific success.

One of the most popular online collaboration platforms is Zooniverse, where there are currently more than 100 research projects available, from space research through biology to literary topics. The platform provides an opportunity for continuous communication between volunteers and scientists, thus enabling the volunteers to participate not only in monotonous workflows, but also in the evaluation of the results.

The lecture provides information on how to find open access published literature and how to get involved in research projects.

Erika Bilicsi is a student at Eötvös Loránd University’s Doctoral Program in Library Science, her research focuses on the impact open access publishing has on scientific communication. In her daily work, she also supports the open access movement as the Head of IT at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ library.