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Blockchain for research: a real opportunity or just hype? #575
[ UUID ] 7bf4a385-0fbc-4588-b85d-d00baf865f38
[ Session Name ] Blockchain for research: a real opportunity or just hype?
[ Submitter's Name ] Naomi Penfold
What will happen in your session?
We propose an open debate featuring people who work on blockchain projects for science and research, as well as people who are pessimistic about the application of blockchain in this way. We would invite (preferably in advance) two speakers on each side of the debate to give opening remarks, then a facilitator would invite points and questions from the floor.
What is the goal or outcome of your session?
The goal would be to raise awareness of the potential utility that blockchain could serve for science as well as its limits. A good outcome would be to connect blockchain developers to researchers working on these problems.
If your session requires additional materials or electronic equipment, please outline your needs.
If anticipated to be a popular session, a PA and mic system would be useful. Otherwise, we may just need a seating arrangement for a debate (panel plus audience).
Would absolutely love to participate, would be keen to speak on the affirmative team. I'd speak on the negative team if we needed numbers for the session to go ahead, but would only be to play devil's advocate, as someone working on a blockchain project I do feel the technology has merit.
@npscience as an aside, I am familiar with creative chain. Different model to what we're trying to build with Aletheia and I have some questions, not about the underlying blockchain technology but around the application to for profit publishing. That said I'm supportive of projects that remove gatekeepers and put power in the hands of the community.
Hey all - this sounds great. Sounds like you're already on the hunt for panelists and have some excellent ideas! I'd be keen for there to be a chair/moderator too (not very decentralized!) as I can envisage it turning into a general pro/anti-blockchain discussion otherwise!
Hooray! We're accepted. Thanks @vigneshwerd! Do you have an idea of anticipated demand for this? Are we talking lecture-style debate or small room discussion?
To do list for me:
Materials required from Mozilla:
Hey @npscience - just to clarify, I wasn't volunteering to be the chair/moderator myself! Can do it if you need someone, but I expect that there will be some far more qualified people around that'll do a better job. Give me a shout and we can sort something :)
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I am not very sure about the demand aspect will try to get back to you on that asap and IMHO lecture-style debate is more appropriate but it's your call.
Thank you! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.
Hi @npscience , my name is Kasia and I work on Mozilla’s Internet Health Report. At Mozfest we will be present with an “Internet Research Hub” #618 (last comment) - an easy-going, cozy space for discussions and networking both with us about Internet Health and among researchers themselves.
We also invite anyone who does work in an Internet research field to sign up and present their work at a couple of open display tables we will have in the hub. If you would like to present something in the Hub in addition to your official session, let me know! We will promote these sessions throughout the festival. You can sign up spontaneously with pen and paper on site or if you would like to save a spot beforehand, drop me an email at email@example.com with a short description of the session.
In any case, I would like to invite you to pass by the hub and say hi. We will start with an informal "Research and coffee grinder” get-together at the beginning of the festival where people can get to know each other. Space and exact schedule for the Hub are still being decided and I will update you once we know the details. Hope to see you there!
@vigneshwerd - please see update below, and let me know if any Qs. Many thanks!
Time required 60 minutes
Brief outline of session
Thanks @vigneshwerd & @maboa!
I think we will need one hour for the session to run through, and enough space for people to move around. Access to some power to run any laptops/tablets would be great, if possible.
Please bear in mind scheduling constraints of key participants, e.g. @KadeMorton.
From session lead:
What is the aim?
The aim is for participants to learn about blockchain and about issues in research communication, and to crowdsource opportunities and limitations for blockchain in research communication.
We would like to learn:
Who is this for?
(Any of the following)
The session will run as an active workshop.
With up to 12 participants, we can run as a single group. With more than 12 participants, we will split into smaller groups for effective discussion.
0-5 minutes | Welcome participants - encourage networking throughout the session, outline aims for output, invite people to contribute knowledge and/or documentation skills throughout.
5-20 minutes | The issues in research communication
Q: If we were to redesign research communication today, how would we do it? What would be key features and constraints?
20-35 minutes | Blockchain
Q: What are the key features and constraints of blockchain?
35-40 minutes | Mapping exercise to match up features and constraints of blockchain with vision for research communication
40-50 minutes | Group discussion to assess the situation - are there opportunities? What are the constraints / limitations / blockers?
50-55 minutes | Synthesise and conclude
55-60 minutes | Reflection time
Hi, due to the sizing to the venue, we don't allow Mics for sessions. We don't have close rooms, all sessions are open so we don't want to disturb other sessions. @npscience Regarding an illustrator, you are more than welcome to source it but this is something we can not provide