Web 2.0 is highly collaborative and allows users to not only view the information passively, but to be able to interact with them. Furthermore, new technological tools allow a wide use of media such as video, audio, text, using simplified interfaces and allowing the "mash-up" between multiple applications.

Our idea was to use telematics not only as support to science café, but also as the main tool to allow remote participation to events for those that either for physically or geographically problems, cannot to attend the event (elderly, disabled, rural people, people living in other town or abroad).

We show our experiments and in particular the first science cafè completely organized and developed on Internet: the virtual science cafè.

This mode, while requiring special skills, has allowed to broaden the audience to hundreds of users, with a significant increase in the ratio cost / audience reached.

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Virtual science café
Science cafè in the internet era

Giovanna Pacini  

In this talk we analyse our research and experiments concerned the integration between the practice of science café, a well know methodology of science communication, and the participatory capabilities of the Web 2.0 with the platform Scicafe 2.0, implemented in the European Project Scicafe2.0.

As we will explain in detail the use of the platform has enabled us to "work" better in the field of communication, adopting methodologies and systems starting from science café traditional towards a more expanded science communication.

Web 2.0 is highly collaborative and allows users to not only view the information passively, but to be able to interact with them. Furthermore, new technological tools allow a wide use of media such as video, audio, text, using simplified interfaces and allowing the "mash-up" between multiple applications.

Our idea was to use telematics not only as support to science café, but also as the main tool to allow remote participation to events for those that either for physically or geographically problems, cannot to attend the event (elderly, disabled, rural people, people living in other town or abroad).

We show our experiments and in particular the first science cafè completely organized and developed on Internet: the virtual science cafè.

This mode, while requiring special skills, has allowed to broaden the audience to hundreds of users, with a significant increase in the ratio cost / audience reached.

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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