In this episode I chat to Matt Andrews who is web developer at The Guardian. Matt is involved into The Guardian’s push towards all things responsive and I first came across him via a great blog article he wrote about the paper’s approach to responsive. I was so intrigued by their efforts that I quickly snapped him up to speak at this year’s Port80 web conference in May.
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These days anyone can contribute to a great scientific endeavour, whether it’s astronomy, molecular biology or sleep research. Clare Freeman investigates the growing importance of citizen scientists and crowdsourced research.
In this week’s show we delve into the world of crowdsourced science to find out why scientists are increasingly relying on members of the public to make observations, gather information and analyse vast clumps of data. The list of crowdsourced projects is seemingly endless, from folding proteins in computer games, to discovering new planets and searching for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Prof Chris Lintott started his first crowdsourcing project in 2007, Galaxy Zoo. He explains to Clare Freeman how this and all the other Zooniverse projects have developed over the years. It’s not just the technology that has advanced but also the community, with citizen scientists willing to spend more time than ever scouring data.
In the two months since our Science Weekly call-out, almost 6,000 Britons have contributed to Prof Russell Foster’s crowdsourced survey of sleep "chronotypes" – whether you’re an owl or a lark. He reveals the initial results comparing the sleep patterns of Germans and Britons.
Knowing your chronotype can help you maximise your intellectual performance, but could your school or employer be persuaded to let you start work later or earlier depending on your chronotype?
This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski and Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur discuss profit warnings and dark clouds above the makers of Blackberry phones RIM (Research In Motion) and the announcement of a write down on the value of Microsoft’s online advertising service aQuantive. Also Aleks talks to the author Andrew Blum about his new book Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet which sets out to explain what the internet is made of and why it’s important for us to think about how we purchase access to the web.
Novelists Alastair Reynolds, Lauren Beukes, Michael Moorcock and Jeff Noon talk about the state of SF.
In this week’s new year books podcast, we look to the future. Science fiction has never been bigger, and publishers are falling over themselves to sign the next Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. We talk to some of the genre’s biggest names about the state of SF in 2012, and where they think the genre is heading.
Lauren Beukes, author of hard-boiled SF thriller Zoo City, tells us about winning the 2011 Arthur C Clarke award and about South African science fiction. We talk to Michael Moorcock, who helped define science fiction back in the 1960s with his ground-breaking literary magazine New Worlds. And we also hear from hard SF author Alastair Reynolds and speculative fiction author Jeff Noon about their new projects, how they feel about being classed within the same genre, and writing on Twitter.
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock
- Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
- Vurt by Jeff Noon
Jemima Kiss examines plans for a digital public space with the British Library, the Royal Opera House and the BBC.
How can we preserve analogue culture in a digital world? Could something allow us to view, research & remix cultural items? Jemima Kiss examines plans for a digital public space – a part of the internet that could grant worldwide access and create links between museums, archives and libraries.
Jemima talks to Richard Ranft of the British Library and Francesca Franchi of the Royal Opera House about the items and artefacts from their archives that a digital public space could open up to the public, and how the reach of both organisations can be dramatically extended to a worldwide audience.
Bill Thompson, head of partnerships at the BBC’s archive (but also of the Digital Planet and Click programmes) explains how the corporation could help build what is needed, and how it could work.
And Jill Cousins of europeana.eu discusses how similar project that is funded by the European Commission works, and how it has now developed into a full service.
Salford and Hackney riots: ‘We don’t want trouble. We want a job’ - audio | UK news | guardian.co.uk
Witnesses to the riots in Salford, Greater Manchester, and Hackney, east London, tell Shiv Malik what happened this week and speak of their anger at a lack of job prospects.
This week’s Guardian technology podcast comes to you from the South by Southwest interactive festival in Austin, Texas.
Every year, the geeks descend on this university town in central Texas, and now, on its 18th anniversary, the SXSW event is far bigger than ever. There are 20,000 people here for this show alone, with 25 tracks of content taking place in venues throughout the city, tackling topics as varied as the invisible game layer, the future of journalism, how to take code to the next level, and how to create a personal cult. Mostly, it seems to be about being "awesome" and "how to rock" things, if you go by the titles on the schedule.
In this programme Jemima Kiss meets some of the many Brits in town here for business. We find out what really is unique about the web, and we’ll get designer, performer and digital joy-maker Ze Frank’s views on how SXSW has evolved over the years.
Tim Wu reflects on previous revolutions in communications, such as the telephone and radio, and offers some thoughts on the future of the internet and net neutrality.
The full details of Nokia’s mobile tie-up with Microsoft to use the Windows Phone OS, plus a report from the weekend’s Guardian’s SXSW hack day.
We review The Social Network - an unflattering account of Mark Zuckerberg as he set up Facebook. Or is it? Also as personal details of thousands are leaked online, what could happen to ACS:Law? And our first hands on with the Windows Phone 7 OS.
On the eve of the latest iPod launch, will the company be able to maintain its influence as artists and publishers increasingly turn from iTunes to streaming services and music apps?
Join Aleks Krotoski, Jemima Kiss and Charles Arthur as they tackle the latest news from the world of technology. On this week’s programme, they look at the evolution of the online music scene. Apple launches its new iPod on Wednesday in the face of the lowest quarter of sales since 2006, and the device appears to be in terminal decline. How will it maintain its influence as artists and publishers increasingly turn from iTunes downloads to streaming services such as Spotify and We7 and music apps?
Charles exposes the problems inherent in the software patent system in light of the lawsuits served up against companies like Google, Facebook and eBay from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing and the team look at the problems and the benefits of open source for local government.
Finally, gamesblogger Keith Stuart speaks with Tim Clark from Firstplay.co.uk about the innovations in marketing and distributing digital content that the games industry has been perfecting in the past few years, and what this could mean for the wider digital media sector.
All this plus a healthy dose of opinion – and outtakes – on Tech Weekly.
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