Case Studies

Transcribe Bentham

Transcribe Bentham

Transcribe Bentham is an online collaborative initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham from the archives of University College London. Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832) was an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. The goal of the project is to collaboratively, with the help of many volunteers, digitise valuable handwritten, yet unpublished, work of Jeremy Bentham. By reading and encoding yet unread Bentham's work, new facts can be discovered about his thoughts. In this way, UCL was able to publish new editions of Bentham's work and make them publicly available through the UCL's digital library. Since 2014 Transcribe Bentham is part of the EU-funded Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) project.

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ScienceAtHome

ScienceAtHome

ScienceAtHome is an online platform for collaborative volunteer research, where people are invited to play scientific games, have fun and contribute to real discoveries on quantum physics, and human thinking. The team behind the project consists of scientists, game developers, designers and visual artists based at Aarhus University of Denmark and creates scientific games, with the aim to revolutionise scientific research and teaching by game-play. The goal of the dissemination is to engage citizens to the project objectives, hence to create a community around the games developed, to maximise the input of results gathered from users’ gameplay.

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Soha Project

Soha Project

The project "Open Science in Haiti and Francophone Africa (SOHA) " is part of the OCSD Network funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The project consists of action re-search, entitled “Open science as a collective tool for development of the power to act and of cognitive justice in Haiti and Francophone Africa: towards a roadmap”. The objective is twofold: to understand the obstacles to the emergence of an open science culture in Francophone Africa and Haiti while creat-ing a favourable environment to achieve the goal of an open science culture.

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Gut (Giulia Enders)

Gut (Giulia Enders)

The Gut project is a one-person project founded by Giulia Enders, with the aim to explain the functionality of a very complex organ, the gut, in a basic language that is understandable for the general audience. The project also wants to initiate discussions around this topic, which are usually avoided by people. As a PhD student in Medicine, Enders was fascinated with the functioning of the gut. So she decided to investigate and study this complex organ, the importance of which is usually underestimated. After her success in several science slams in 2012, she got an offer to write a book about the gut. Her book (published in March 2014) was a huge success, because of the way she explains the complex process of digestion. She presents facts in a simple way, understandable for the broader audience, and she uses a lot of humour at the same time.

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Brain Projects Think Big

Brain Projects Think Big

The article “Brain Projects Think Big” was published October 13, 2013, the early stages of the Human Brain Project . The goal was to provide a younger audience with an understanding of the Human Brain Project. The project is primarily a systematic cataloguing of everything that is known about the brain, as well as, the development of ingenious experimental and theoretical methods to probe the brain, and put together all learnings into a computer model of the brain.

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Polymath project

Polymath project

Polymath projects, also known as massively collaborative online mathematics, represents a form of open Internet collaboration aimed towards a major mathematical goal, usually to solve yet unsolved mathematical problems.

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Galaxy Zoo

Galaxy Zoo

Galaxy Zoo is a well-known online citizen science project (Sauermann and Franzoni 2014), where the general public is directly involved in research activities. It is now available on the platform Zooniverse.org that is currently the largest aggregator of crowd science projects in various disciplines. Galaxy Zoo is a project which invites people to assist in the morphological classification of large numbers of galaxies through a website. Citizens classifying galaxies help scientists to understand how galaxies evolved over time and test theories about the nature of the Universe. The purpose of dissemination is twofold: sharing research data in the format of galaxy images and involving citizens in the analysis of these scientific data.

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Homer Multitext Project

Homer Multitext Project

The Homer Multitext (HMT) is a long-term project seeking to present the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey in a critical framework. The project emphasizes collaborative research, openly licensed data, and innova-tive uses of technology. All material is openly licensed. HMT invites fellow researchers from all over the world to collaborate in the form of diplomatic editions, images of historical documents, and translations. In this context, the main purpose of dissemination is to reach out to other academic/research communities in the fields (homeric research, digital humani-ties). The purpose is not only to disseminate the results, but also to stimulate new cooperations, con-tributions, and ultimately also to share resources among the peers (incl. data, software)

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Pluto Fly-By

Pluto Fly-By

NASA's New Horizons probe has visited a place never before visited by a robotic probe from Earth: Pluto. In July 2015, the spacecraft completed a nearly-decade-long journey to fly by Pluto and revealed humanity's first close-up look at the distant dwarf planet (Dwarf planet). The goal of the dissemination was to communicate results of the mission and facts about Pluto to the broader audience

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101 Innovations in Scholarly Communications

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communications

101 Innovations in scholarly communication is a project that aims to analyse in detail research life-cycle phases and innovative tools that are used by researchers in each of the phases. Specifically, the purpose of the project was to investigate to what extent researchers are using the innovative communication tools compared to traditional ones and what impact these tools have on the research workflow.

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