Two CHI+MEDics from the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) will be taking part in an event at London’s Dana Centre in Kensington. They’ll be talking about Errordiary, a project which has been encouraging everyone to think more about their everyday errors and also to share them, for example via Twitter. In a work environment people are often quite reluctant to talk about their own or others’ errors and this can mean that there’s the possibility of missing an opportunity to learn from them.
In situations where people use technical equipment and make an error there’s often been the belief that they need better training so that they can use the equipment error free. By getting people to talk about everyday errors we hope that people recognise that error is a fairly pervasive thing, and not evidence of someone’s need for more training or some personal moral failing. I think we’d all agree that more training wouldn’t have helped here:
The systems that people work within can help reduce the effects of errors (eg by making sure that two people check a drug calculation, or making it a requirement that two similarly named drugs are kept in distinct packaging) and technology designers can also help in making errors more noticeable so that the user can take action to address them.
We all make mistakes (ever pushed a door marked “Pull”?) and Errordiary collects examples of them to highlight this fact and also to use in talking about more difficult errors, as well as in teaching. Anyone who’s used the #errordiary hashtag on Twitter to share an error has been contributing to our collective understanding of different types of errors, and has been participating in what’s known as Citizen Science.
Dom Furniss and Jo Iacovides will be talking about Errordiary at this citizen science event, organised by the British Science Association.
Tweeting for science: Citizen science meets social media
20th March, Dana Centre, London, 18.30-21.00
We’ll be looking at some really inspiring citizen science projects and discussing the role of social media in involving people in doing real science. If either or both of these topics excite you, come along and join in the discussion with interesting people from all over the citizen science and social media scenes.
The panel includes:
• Grant Miller – Zooniverse (Galaxy Zoo, Old Weather)
• Erinma Ochu – Hooked, Everyday Growing Cultures and Turing’s Sunflowers
• Dominic Furniss & Jo Iacovides – Errordiary
• Dan Maclean – Fraxinus
Places are free but please do book your place through Eventbrite so we can keep track of numbers: https://tweetingforscience.eventbrite.co.uk
Please do pass on to any interested friends or colleagues!