Scientists like data, and generate a lot of it, much of which is generally available to the public—but how could they make use of it? Research centres like those operated by NERC and the STFC are very motivated to see their data exploited as much as possible.
The technology of choice is often the ‘App’. Working with NERC, ESP KTN ran a workshop bringing together scientists from research centres with data and mobile App developers, creating a room for inspiration in both directions about the opportunities for using scientific data and what is possible using a smartphone. The seminar part of the workshop included the captivating tale of iStethoscope, and the realities of creating and owning a successful App.
Presentations from the day were recorded, and the videos can be seen on _connect.
NERC and their partners work on some of the world’s most exciting research projects, such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, the genetic make-up of life on earth and so on.
The British Antarctic Survey, the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the National Oceanographic Centre (all acknowledged internationally as being at the cutting edge of their subject) presented on how the public could access information about the ozone layer, view weather patterns at the South Pole, the movement of volcanic ash or exploration of deep sea ecosystems and much more.
NERC also explained how they can provide funding support to assist with the development of commercial opportunities. Some of the centres are themselves looking at commissioning Apps to aid their scientists in the field
There was a real buzz of activity as around 90 entrepreneurs and scientists explored the commercial potential of this data during a brokerage and networking session after the formal presentations.