2011-07-09 07:08:28Skepticalscience.com BOINC Team?
Steve Brown

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Dawei's upcoming post on citizen science has prompted me to suggest that SkS should create a BOINC team and encourage SkS readers to actively participate in scientific endeavours by contributing compute time on their PC's.  Dawei lists a number of BOINC projects that fit in with SkS's sphere of activity, such as the ClimatePrediction.net climate modelling project.  I've been participating in climateprediction.net for several years and have some PC's at work crunching climate models 24/7 and it gives me a sense of productivity that I don't get playing whack-a-mole with "skeptics".

Does anyone else think that this is worthwhile?  It would be an opportunity to round up the SkS readership and assimilate them into a productive Climate Borg to directly assist the scientists at the coal face.

2011-07-09 17:27:52
BaerbelW

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I'd sign up for an SkS-BOINC-Team!

2011-07-10 03:43:29
Dawei

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I think we could get a pretty large number of participants. After every post that talks about climate modeling, the author could even put a "see also" link to the SkS climateprediction group.

What would be awesome is to find an SkS reader who is also an IT-type person at a school or office...someone who has control over hundreds of public computers. I've heard of teams doing this, and believe me, they really churn out the credit.

If it gets big it would be reciprocal too: If we are listed among the top teams on the climateprediction site, it would generate more hits for Skepticalscience.com

2011-07-10 03:49:32
Dawei

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BTW I do believe we would have to create separate teams for all of the projects we want to do... I don't think we're able to make 'BOINC-wide' teams yet right?

2011-07-10 21:21:56
Rob Painting
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I read that ClimatePrediction.net was involved in running the simulations for this paper:

Sensitivity of 20th Century Sahel Rainfall to Sulfate Aerosol and CO2 Forcing - Ackerley 2011

Very cool.

2011-07-10 21:25:51
Rob Painting
Rob
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Bah!, stupid html editor keeps adding an SkS string to the link! 

2011-07-10 23:07:48Rob: Fixed your URL
Daniel Bailey
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Next time that happens, try closing the browser & then reopening everything.

Worth a shot.

Edit:  Check the url; I get a bad string/google search message

2011-07-11 03:00:51
Steve Brown

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Dawei - I think you are right about having to create a team for each project.  I would suggest that we create a climateprediction.net team first.  I'm happy to use myself as a guinea-pig to transfer my existing climateprediction.net user account to the new team.  Once we've ironed out the logistics and get a few people on board then we can form teams for additional projects.  There are even widgets to display Team stats on the SkS home page: BOINCStats

 

2011-07-11 07:00:22
Rob Painting
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Now fixed Yooper. Ta. I read about the use of ClimatePrediction.net in that study over at Nature Climate Change (it's paywalled otherwise I would have linked to that). Excellent example of how useful 'citizen science' can be.