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Tomorrow’s world nQuire

1st June 2017 - 31st July 2018

The Open University and the BBC have set up a joint project to develop a web platform for running large-scale public experiments in psychology and social science. The BBC has experience in running mass-participation experiments through Lab UK which was launched in 2009 and ran until 2015, engaging members of the public in investigating aspects of psychology, sociology and health. The Open University has developed the nQuire-it platform to explore ‘citizen inquiry’, which helps people learn by doing large-scale science.

The aim of the project is to develop and extend the existing nQuire-it site to include support for a new type of ‘mission’ involving surveys and quizzes. Scientists, and members of the public, will be able to create and run online studies to explore attitudes and personality. This will involve providing new ways to enter responses, secure handling of personal data, and ways for participants to see overview results. The work will also involve re-implementing nQuire-it to run large studies linked to TV or radio programmes.

Our aim is to develop and extend the existing nQuire-it platform to host a variety of citizen science investigations and allow citizens to set up their own research projects.