I'm a data scientist working at the intersection of technology and design. Reformed astrophysicist & former e-Research/data consultant.

Day 2: Pause Fest 2017 and Gravity Spy!


A fantastic second day at Pause Fest 2017. Today's programme was all about tech, specifically about Victoria's startup culture and where it's heading. One of the most interesting discussions was around the research sector and finding ways to translate research and bring researchers and their domain specific expertise into the tech industry.  

OzGrav videocon

I also had a one hour video-con with Yeshe Fenner, OzGrav's Chief Operating Officer;  David Blair, who is leading Ozgrav's Education & Outreach Programs;  Joshua Smith, Gravity Spy's co-PI; and  Mike Zevin, a PhD researcher from Northwestern University who is also part of the Gravity Spy team. Gravity Spy is the citizen science project that OzGrav plans to develop further, should the citizen science grant be awarded.

Our discussion focussed on the auxiliary data generated by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational­-wave Observatory (aLIGO), and how it could be incorporated into the existing Gravity Spy Project, in a compelling way. Gamification is one aspect that citizen science projects find challenging. It's one thing to attract the public, but how do you create a loyal citizen science workforce?  We also discussed the data itself, what it is, what the proprietary periods are, how much we expect to collect over the next few years, and the politics of sharing data within collaborations.  I think we all came away from the video-con feeling much better about what we would like to achieve. 

Pause Fest – Day 2 Highlights

Day 3: Pause Fest 2017

Consulting for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discover (OzGrav)