scikick.org will be the first citizen science and Massive on-line Open Research and Education (MORE) social platform. It provides an on-line social network and virtual collaborative space connecting citizens with academic researchers. scikick.org helps make cutting-edge scientific and citizen collaborations easy. It provides users with collaborative, crowdsourcing and continuous crowdfunding tools in order to to co-own, participate in, and sponsor new discoveries, helping achieve more social, economical, science and technology advances than ever imagined.
The main goal of scikick.org is to facilitate co-ownership and increase the quality and pace of new discoveries, new solutions and new products world wide. You could be a farmer who wants to work with a researcher to create a new vegetable breed. You could be a university professor that needs citizen scientists to interpret scientific data. Or you could sponsor a student from one side of the world so that he or she can work and study with a prestigious researcher. For any cutting-edge knowledge situation, scikick.org provides you and your creative network with easy-to-use and continuous tools to find, fund, manage and communicate during your project collaboration, without a middleman. Ultimately, it will help empower local communities with cutting-edge technology, bridging socioeconomic and education gaps.
Scikick.org is an on-line platform with three basic components:
1. Research Crowdsourcing
Cutting-edge research is turning to the internet to find human and computer resources and help advance science and technology faster. Researchers need citizen scientists to discover or help find solutions, from the most technically simple task to the most daunting. In the near future, there will be hundreds and thousands of different scientific crowdsourcing projects in the internet. scikick.org works as an on-line community and account cross-project manager for native or existing third-party crowdsourcing projects. It will be a repository of world-wide projects allowing you to choose, organize, rate, monitor your progress and many more features. A revolutionary feature of scikick.org is that it guarantees that every participant of a crowdsourcing project is also an owner of the project.
2. Continuous Research Crowdfunding
scikick.org allows you to do be a part of day-to-day discovery by creating or participating in a project you want to economically sponsor. Unlike today's crowdfunding, is not something you invest on once for a project you do not own. Unlike charity is not something you invest on monthly and hope is being used in a good way. In scikick.org, you have full control and by participating in a project, you co-own the project in corresponding percentages. Do you want to give $20 a month and sponsor a PhD student on the other side of the world? Sure, she or he is required by scikick.org to send video-log updates of his research as long as your collaboration exists. Do you think a young researcher will become the next Nobel Prize laureate? Donate, he is required to put you as an sponsor co-author in every publication. Do you want to co-own that invention? scikick.org will take that publication and turn it into a patent you can file.
3. Virtual Earth Environment 3D Workspace
Existing social networks work mostly one way. We see them more as social shouting rather than networking. For cutting-edge research however, we need to create a new ergonomic collaborative framework. How do we meet new collaborators in a secure and quality environment? Most of the time the answer is conferences, seminars, conventions, dinners and other professional social activities that require us to share the same physical space. To emulate such a rich social space, scikick.org had to break the mold and come up with something unprecedented. Scikick.org created a virtual workplace, a computer desktop that has to be shared by all of its members, called virtual earth environment (VEE).
Although you can choose to remain invisible, a 3D workspace (a 3D "desktop") lets you organize your projects beyond historical 2D windows and folders. Your 3D workspace project's icons (scipods) are connected to your profile-pod and other members by invisible "interest" lines, in the form of a force-driven network algorithm. In the dynamic mode, you have the option of changing the virtual location of the centre of your research life closer to scikick.org users who share the same interests with you. Moreover, with the 3D workspace system you can make project networks of project networks and fully collaborative cities, in order to tackle the most intense research and discovery needs.