The playful scientist: stimulating playful communities for science practice

Ben Schouten, Erik van der Spek, Daniël Harmsen, Ellis Bartholomeus

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In this chapter, the authors elaborate on serious games and playful interactions
in modern scientific practices, and on the way they can engender
mutual scientific growth. They use a research-through-design approach, in
which three possible scenarios and prototypes are studied to envisage the
new role of the public library in practicing science in a changing society.
Their conclusion is that the public library of the future should employ
citizen science projects that are fun, accessible, malleable, and participatory,
so that its new role can focus on offering meaningful information
at the right time in the right place, contextualizing information using
playful solutions, bringing together communities to share information,
and enabling new scientific practices in unexplored fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe playful citizen
Subtitle of host publicationcivic engagement in a mediatized culture
EditorsRené Glas, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Joost Raessens, Imar de Vries
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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