With any luck, we finally have a structure for Changed Times that may well work, in terms of being simple to manage and simple for readers to use and run through.
The next few issues will tell, but for the moment we shall be setting up four main stories each week and a “News in Brief” section to contain short versions of stories that appear as they happen. It is our hope that this will let us build up a stock of longer stories for our main section and to keep up to date with the current news as well. Each issue will, of course continue to be headed by an editorial such as this one. Our plan now will be to build that stock of stories for main articles while, hopefully, keeping up with the news.
Your feedback, of course, will be important as we assess the success or failure of the new format – which gives us our next task: working out how the Feedback mechanism in WordPress is used! Bear with us – we will get there in the end.
Citizen Science Success
Also in this issue is a success story for citizen science – not the SETI project; we have not found life out there in the wider universe. Instead we have found some “ghosts in space” spotted by a Dutch amateur astronomer working with the Galaxy Zoo project. This is, at the very least, some sort of vindication for the idea of getting science done by massed ranks of volunteers but in this case also happens to be a great step forward in astronomer and perhaps cosmology.
Here at Changed Times we regard that as a success for every one of you out there, proving that people can do science, even if we don’t get the grants and the facilities of the better known professional scientists. So congratulations to all of you, especially those who have joined us all working on the Galaxy Zoo.
- Citizen Science as Participatory Science (povesham.wordpress.com)
- citizen science: crowdsourcing observation, data and coding (orgtheory.wordpress.com)
- Scientists Ask Public to Help Decode Whale Song (stevebeckow.com)
- Science for Citizens Blog (sustainabledecisions.wordpress.com)
- Future of Citizen Science: “honing the division of labour between professionals, amateurs and bots” (boingboing.net)