The New-Media Arts Protocol to use Stem Cells (abbreviated to NMAP-SC) is an interdisciplinary template-based protocol designed as an attempt to process stem cells inside new-media arts labs worldwide. The mutual contributions between bio labs and new-media labs to promulgate the outputs of stem cells research is the core of this protocol. New-Media Art can provide a wide range of strategies to attract scientists into public engagement projects as well as it offers many approaches to integrate the public in a unified area with different stakeholders (politicians, policymakers, clinics, and industry) to participate directly in the process of science and thus learn more about the operations of scientific inquiry to get stem cells as open science. Any institution or research center can use this template-based protocol in its current Beta version to build cooperation between a team of new-media artists and a team of biologists.
This protocol has been designed to facilitate smooth and effective cooperation between Biologists and new-media artists or between stem cell research labs and new-media arts labs. The developed protocol aims at employing the treasure of tools and methodologies in new-media arts to define stem cell research as open science by three approaches:
- Promulgate/simplify the conceptual issues related to stem cell research.
- Disseminate stem cell research into the public arena.
- Transfer stem cells as material from biological labs to new-media arts labs.
By using new-media art as a science of engagement, these three approaches are crucial. An unlimited number of public engagement projects would be built and integrate the laypeople into countless critical issues related to their biological future towards more democratic sciences.
After the protocol has been designed in its first version, A ten-question survey has been designed to ask biologists, new-media artists, and other stakeholders about their satisfaction and the ability of such protocol to achieve unlimited numbers of public engagement projects that can accomplish the above three purposes to get stem cell as open science.
June-Nov 2018: Draft
We prepared a basic draft of a template that can be used to outline joint projects between biologists and new-media artists using stem cells according to the three adopted approaches we proposed to promulgate stem cells as open science.
Jan-Mar 2019: Discussion
We discussed the assumed draft with several experts from the biological and artistic societies in order to consider their notes in the template protocol's Beta version.
Jul-Nov 2019: Survey
A survey questionnaire was circulated among a sample of, new-media artists, members of the public, and academic society. Besides, a private link has of the survey was sent to more than 1867 new-media artists and biologists at the most prestigious academic institutions in biology and new media.
Jul-Nov 2019: Notes
All collected responses have been considered to develop the beta version towards a potential final version.
Feb 2020: Final
The final version has been built according to all previous discussions, notes, and survey responses.
Special thanks are due to Dr. Clara Novo, Stem cell researcher at The Babraham Institute, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, for her valuable time discussing publications related to this project.
We want to thank Hannah Star Rogers, Margot Mcmahon, Roberta Gerling Moro, Gina Czarnecki, Ana Peraica, Adam Zaretsky, Michael Edel, Eitan Mendelowitz, and Paz Tornero for their valuable comments and contributions.
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