The Crowd & The Cloud
About This Collection
The Crowd & The Cloud is a documentary series showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. This multi-part series, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.
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Episodes In This Collection
The Crowd & The Cloud: Even Big Data Starts Small
20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. The crowd, using mobile tech and the cloud contribute to science that saves lives.
The Crowd & The Cloud: Citizens + Scientists
Citizen scientists track pollution at fracking sites in six states; volunteers monitor East Coast water quality to generate baseline data; community members and researchers tackle Flint’s water crisis; and citizens use data and an app to report environmental crimes in China. When citizens and scientists partner, it’s a win-win for all.
The Crowd & The Cloud: Viral vs. Virus
Asthma inhaler sensors generate maps of environmental dangers in Kentucky; in California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates; stories of citizen science fighting mosquito-borne diseases with apps and data; and Medic Mobile in Kenya give phones capabilities to help health workers improve maternal and child health.
The Crowd & The Cloud: Citizens4Earth
Counting birds generates data on climate change; surfer science using tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures; “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science;” seasonal change is tracked and horseshoe crabs are surveyed; generating data for sustainable development in Uganda. The potential of “Citizen Science in the Digital Age.”