Second week presents: second post

2 06 2010

About a  fortnight ago we began our work on our project. Since the last blog post, a lot has been going on! Right after, two members of the group, Carl and Jakob headed for London for a school related trip and Hjalmar stayed in Sweden working on the project description. The group was plenary again on Monday, three days ago, and we’ve been working hard since. So far, we’ve covered the initial phase of lectures at VRG given by many talented persons, teachers as well as volunteers from companies and organisations. We are very grateful for the opportunities they’ve given us, making our start considerably easier and we’d like to thank them all!

The lectures we’ve been attending were called: Att Söka Info på Webben, Upphovsrätt Etik, Ung Företagsamhet, Naturvetenskapliga metoder, Vetenskap och sanning, Tech Transfer, Statistiska sammanställningar, Experimental design and analysis.

Here are some of our thoughts about them and what we learned:

The lectures gave us a lot of knowledge. Experimental Design and Analysis was about how to write a scientific essay and gave a lot of insight on how to compile statistics and how to use it, what data is good and actually possible to use, how to use it and differences between mode, mean and median. For instance, median is better than mode if the data contains extreme values, which will make the results worse since they might not be relevant to the research. Sometimes mean is better, and sometimes mode value is better.

The Copyright Ethics course was very rewarding because most images / texts are protected by copyright. Copyright means that a image or text that belongs to someone else may not be used by other people. For example, a person might writ a text and then upload it on wikipedia.org, the author now owns the text and others may not download or copy it.
Of course the author can authorize others to use the text but they have to link or quote back to what the author wrote.
A good website to keep in mind when trying to figure out if a certain text/picture is protected på Copywrite permission is http://www.CreativeCommons.se.
With the Creative Commons’ tools, authors, scientists, artists and teacher can easily select which freedoms their works will have.
Here, the creator of a work will determine the copyright terms, from “All Rights reserved” to “Some rights reserved.
That’s all for now. We’re making the final push before summer break, wish us luck!
The Team
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