The pros & cons of pro/am collaboration in astronomy

The transcript of the 24th meeting of the Astronomy Twitter Journal Club. We discussed professional / amateur collaboration in astronomy. There's some more details about the meeting at http://astrojournalclub.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/this-weeks-meeting-the-pros-cons-of-proam-colloboration/
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Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
In about five minutes, the Astronomy Twitter Journal Club will be discussing pro-am collaboration. http://t.co/8B2X3hqi #astroJC
Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
To take part, open this: http://t.co/kTmVhost and include #astroJC in your tweets. Please direct them to @_atjc to avoid spamming followers.
astrojournalclub @astronomyjc
#astrojc starts in ~5 minutes. Tonight's guest host @SamHawkins has written a short intro to the discussion topic: http://t.co/Yi8EfAxC
Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
@_atjc Hello and welcome to the Astro Twitter Journal Club! Before we discuss tonight’s topic, please introduce yourselves... #astrojc
astrojournalclub @astronomyjc
MT @SamHawkins Hello & welcome to the Astro Twitter Journal Club! Before we discuss tonight’s topic, please introduce yourselves... #astrojc
Dr Emma (mostly) @allinthegutter
@astronomyjc I'm Emma, astronomy postdoc, currently trying to finish JCMT telescope proposal! #astrojc
Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
@_atjc I’m actually a linguistics undergrad from Herts, England, but I won’t shut up about astronomy. Amateur for a decade. #astrojc
Dr Emma (mostly) @allinthegutter
#astrojc Do you think there's a difference in how the astro community sees 'amateurs' since @galaxyzoo & the Zooniverse came along?
Thilina Heenatigala @ThilinaH
@_atjc Thilina here, #AstroComm guy and a Project Manager (Astr/Sci/Edu) from Colombo, Sri Lanka. #astrojc
Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
@allinthegutter Not sure but I’d like to think that pro community was already aware of amateur ability. Lots of collabs before Zoo. #astrojc
Thilina Heenatigala @ThilinaH
#astrojc I think the perspective of an "amateur" has changed for better due to #citizenscience efforts / @SamHawkins @allinthegutter
Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
@ThilinaH @allinthegutter Success of @galaxyzoo and rapid expansion of the Zooniverse perhaps show greater interest from pros. #astrojc
Dr. Evan Keane @evanocathain
I'm a big fan of citizen science! Not just because we've found loads of pulsars thanks to @EinsteinAtHome volunteers! #astrojc
Prof. Karen Masters 💫⭐️✨ @KarenLMasters
Hi - sorry I'm late, only just remembered! Karen, Research Fellow from Portsmouth - I work with @galaxy. #astrojc
Prof. Karen Masters 💫⭐️✨ @KarenLMasters
I've written so far 4 papers (and counting) which couldn't been done wo citizen scientists in @galaxyzoo - so I'm obviously a fan #astrojc
Prof. Karen Masters 💫⭐️✨ @KarenLMasters
As scientists in @galaxyzoo we're seeing more and more acceptance from the "traditional" professionals who were skeptics at first. #astrojc
Prof. Karen Masters 💫⭐️✨ @KarenLMasters
Or that's my perspective. Some ppl still remain to be convinced we can do real science with @galaxyzoo, but we're working on them! #astrojc
Prof. Karen Masters 💫⭐️✨ @KarenLMasters
By the way terrible timing for #astrojc. Do you realise how many telescope deadlines are today...! ;) Lots of @galaxyzoo followup ideas in.
Thilina Heenatigala @ThilinaH
#astrojc From the pros' perspective. Of course the pro's were aware of amateur ability before. But the recent developments in (cont)
Thilina Heenatigala @ThilinaH
#astrojc (cont) citizen science contributed number of published (quality) papers which is a good sign.
Prof. Karen Masters 💫⭐️✨ @KarenLMasters
I think @imascientist has spoiled me for #astrojc. This seems so slow compared to live chats! ;)
Sam Hawkins @SamHawkins
@_atjc We must remember that the first professionals were in fact employed by wealthy “amateur” scientists. #astrojc
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RT @astronomyjc: #astrojc starts in ~5 minutes. Tonight's guest host @SamHawkins has written a short intro to the discussion topic: http://t.co/Yi8EfAxC
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