Overview of User-Created Content Impact on the Environment





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Current Impact

The user created content idea has not been around for a long enough period of time to affect the environment dramatically, like it has with other areas for example education. Although there are some discussion pages in blogs about the major environmental issues nowadays, for example those blogs about various enviromental issues, where people talk about the major environmental issues raised by the media, and give their own opinion on the issues (and sometimes verify the validity of the information that the media gives). There are not enough of those user-created content sites to have an actual effect on the environment. The user created content idea also has been used for “positive aspects” of the environment, for example, some photographers make photos of various places on the planet Earth, some of which are very rear types of pictures, and post them up on places like Flickr.

On the other hand, there are some professional generated content sites that cover some problematic environmental issues, for example the BAN (Basel Action Network) site. On that site, they show the affect of the disposal of computer hardware pieces (or any type of electronic devices) on the environment, especially on the third-world countries.


Yes it will affect the environment in the future, but farmers and scientists have to communicate through blogs and wikis on crop yields and formulas. This would be a tremendous amount of knowledge that could be viewed by the click of a button. Most scientists and farmers think computers are useless on the farm, but they are wrong and if we can give information to people about how better it would be to communicate on crops grown and chemicals used. If Farmers would do this they would find out what chemicals hurt the environment more than others because the world is growing and dangerous chemicals do not need to be used with the population we have in the world today. Blogs and wikis could make a person rich and they already have, but it can make people who have never touched a computer get knowledge to help them grow or create objects better and more efficient than they would have ever done without a blog or wiki.

What needs to happen to protect the environment

People need to start communicating on what they work on. Farmers would know chemicals that can hurt other crops or animals so if they would make blogs and pages on the information about chemicals and their side effects it would keep the environment at a better state.

Overview of User-Created Content Impact on Science


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Ever since science fiction awoke imaginations to the promise of real, shared virtual spaces, technology has been chasing this dream. However, despite the enormous technical advances of the last decade, the concept of a broadly appealing online world has not yet been realized. At the same time, the rise of massively multiplayer online role-playing games has brought millions of players into online, persistent state worlds, where they spend tremendous amounts of time and money each year living, trading, fighting and dying. Players learn how to customize and to create within the online spaces, as well as how to extract this value back into the real world. Interestingly, this behavior exists even within worlds that don't explicitly allow user created content and in those that explicitly ban economic gains. The pervasive nature of user created content and free markets, while at odds with the desires of online game developers, demonstrates the opportunity for a different kind of online world.

Current Impact

Just like many other aspects of life, User-Created Contents have an affect on science. Scientists, and people interested in science generally, use some Web 2.0 features to communicate with each other, communicate/share ideas, help each other out (and other specific uses). Some of the Web 2.0 features that the scientists use are:

1) Wikis: the best example is wikipedia; some scientists create and/or edit some wiki pages. For Example, science, on that wiki site, a lot of information about science are given (some of which normal people would not know) so it must be scientists who created some of the information on that site.
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2) Blogging: some scientists use blogging websites to communicate with the wide world, keep in-touch with the new scientific news and share their own view/information about different areas.



3) Podcasting: some scientist use podcasting to share their ideas on the web. For example, science podcast, on that site, you can get a lot of information about science news, and the new developments of science.


4) YouTube (or any other similar sites, e.g. Google videos): Same idea as podcast, some scientists use vidcast to communicate their ideas with the whole world, but it is more entertaining and easier for the users to gain information from. For example, Cornstarch Science, this video contains a lot of scientific information, and I am pretty sure that its done by a scientist or a person who knows a lot about science.



Science and Scientist will be able to do things thought impossible because information will be at the click of a button instead of trying to figure things out information will be at hand and once people realize how good a wiki or blog will work it will change how people do things.

What needs to happen to have more effective scientific research

For scientists to improve their research skills there needs to be sites made by scientists, that shows information for others. Scientists have to know how to use computers and how to create blogs or websites. I think that scientists have the idea that they can do everything by themselves. This is wrong because every cone can use some help and if some, not even all, scientists can get over that idea then others will be able to gain information in a high level.

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