The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on December 3rd, 2015. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo.
Presenter: Ashley Kelly
Title: Citizen Science Games and Player Agency
Abstract: Increasingly non-experts are helping to solve some of science’s most complex problems. Consider the recent example of citizen scientists flagging interesting signatures around the star KIC 8462852, which was widely reported as the discovery of an “alien superstructure.” Enlisting non-experts to solve complex problems often relies on carefully constructed rules, operations, and mechanics that facilitate scientific work. Games work well for this purpose, and in this talk I will explore a specific game: Foldit. Foldit is an online science game where players help discover the structure of proteins, which is a fairly complex problem. Commonly games such as Foldit are examined as dynamic communities where players have considerable agency, but sometimes overlooked are the ways in which power relations are maintained. In this talk these issues will be explored with an eye toward making games for civic science.
Date: December 3rd, 2015
Time: 12 - 1:00pm*
Where: GI (EC1)
*Please note that food and drinks will not be provided
12:00 - 12:45pm – Speaker's Presentation
12:45pm - 1:00pm – Questions and Discussion
175 Columbia Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L5Z5