Crowd Computing 2014
Citizen Science Technology Platforms
Date Workshop: 25 September 2014 (One day)
Welcome reception: 24 September 2014
The topic of "Crowd Computing 2014" is "Citizen Science Technology Platforms".
Interest in Citizen Science is growing rapidly. Crowd Sourcing and Crowd computing are giving it a boost. Most Citizen Science projects start out as a project developing their own support platform or using some general available packages.
Recently more general Citizen Science Platforms are emerging that try to support more projects. In Crowd computing some technology platforms are already in use for about a decade and have accumulated a wealth of experience.
Although each citizen science project is different and can appeal to a different need there are a number of services and tools that can be used and shared among many projects. This could also help citizens move easily between projects.
The workshop will focus on common tools and common services for Citizen Science Technology Platforms.
- Crowd Computing technologies
- Citizen/user management
- Identity management across projects (Federated Identity management)
- Data management
- Portals and Gateways
- Mobile app development
- Sensor networking
- Cloud computing
- Novel science and technology communication tools
- Green IT
All of these will be addressed with a focus on Citizen Science Technology Platforms.
Crowd Computing 2014 is targeted at diverse audiences. The goal is to bring together:
- Persons running Citizen Science projects
- Citizen Science technology platform operators and developers
- Data management experts
- Representatives from R&D projects that are developing tools that could be used by Citizen Science Technology Platforms
- Crowd computing experts
- Desktop Grid technology experts
- Science communication experts
- e-Infrastructure operators and developers
- Representatives from European and national science policy organisations
10.00 Novel approaches to Crowd computing
In traditional volunteer computing a citizen donates computing time for free and in return gets info on the science to which his computer contributes.
In the recent years completely new models have emerged and are currently being implemented.
In this talk Ohad Asor will discuss decentralized and monetized crowd computing by introducing Zennet, a public, fully decentralized crowd HPC cloud. For distributed computations, it is a free market alternative to AWS. Ohad Asor will touch selected topics about the market, design considerations, and applications.
There is much discussion about how "Green" volunteer Crowd computing is. However, there is not much data available to support any view on this topic. Problem is the variety of machines and environments used. This session will take a practical approach. There is a practical set-up in which the workshop participants can hook up their laptop to measurement network including a volunteer Crowd Computing infrastructure, and do their normal activities for some time. Meanwhile power measurements will be collected.
The presentation will introduce the concepts of Green Crowd computing, and the actual experiment.
13:00 Lunch (including Green IT measurements)
14:00 Data centres or Crowd computing - Which is "greener"? Bernhard Schott, AlmereGrid
15:00 Coffee break (and more perfromance measurements)
15:30 Charity Engine, Mark McAndrew
16:30 Novel science and technology communication tools
Posters, flyers, a website, expensive booklets and even more expensive videos. That were the main science and technology communication tools until recently. New very inexpensive computer boards, pioneered by the Raspberry Pi, opened up the possibility to create a completely new range of communication tools that can be used by communication experts even with a smaller budgets. These range from video-walls to fully functional parallel and Crowd computers.