How we define key terms within the ParCos project

ParCos is exploring creative and inclusive approaches to science communication and ways to support people in sharing their own science stories. Accuracy and clarity are important in both effective communication and honest science, so in the spirit of these principles we have produced a glossary to explain what we mean by specific words and phrases that are often used within ParCos. The glossary is the result of a workshop with ParCos project partners, who are active in different sectors and contributed based on their respective contexts. We recognise that others may define and use these words differently, but hope that this glossary can be useful in revisiting the meaning and impact of this specific terminology.

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ParCos policy brief: Participatory Communication of Science

Preamble

We are happy to publish our first policy brief, where we detail our position on the need for more participatory and open science.

This report, aimed at academics and academic policy makers, will highlight the benefits of not just publishing science data for other scientists but making it easier for the public to use. We will also highlight the benefits of widening the ways in which the public can participate in science research, depending on the level of involvement that they want – whether it is active participation or if it is simply having better access to underlying evidence of published science communications.

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Are you interested in making change from the bottom up?

“Now more than ever, we need to break down barriers to accessing technology and value diverse experiences and perspectives as we create new technical solutions.” If you are interested in tech, access and diversity and how to make change from the bottom up, then read this blog post by ParCos project member Zoe Banks Gross, who is the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Programme Manager at Knowle West Media Centre.

Guidebook published, on the use of arts-based methods in science communication

The pop-up guidebook opens a door to use arts-based methods in various stages of participatory processes of making sense of data. This is based on an ideology of making science participation a mainstream activity; one that is a part of popular and cultural activities, one that people want to – and more critically are able – to participate in. It is an iterative co-creation process.

Please find the guidebook here: https://hackmd.io/@art-based-methods-guidebook/HJMVIhHFL

Bristol approach, as illustrated by Anne Pässilä