1 March 2009

Coming soon: the RebuildTheBeagle YouTube Challenge!

One of the many Good Things to come out of this year's Science Online '09 conference in North Carolina was a Saturday dinnertime brainstorm in which Brian Switek of Laelaps, Glendon Mellow of The Flying Trilobite and I came up with the idea that we should do a YouTube campaign for the Beagle Project along the same lines as the (successful!) AVoteForScience YouTube Challenge.

Here's how it's going to work:
  1. All you Beagle Project fans out there* make videos answering the question: "Why rebuild the Beagle?"
  2. Upload your video to YouTube, tagging it "RebuildTheBeagle"
  3. Our Embedr smart playlist will automatically detect your video and include it in a lovely embeddable video player.
Since there are no YouTube videos yet tagged "RebuildTheBeagle" (I'm still in the process of making my own video to kickstart the project and seed the playlist), I've made an example Embedr smart playlist so you can see what it will be like. This playlist picks up keywords "HMS" and "Beagle":

Now watch this space and start ruminating on your own contribution!

*young and old, scientists and non, professionals and amateurs, sailors and landlubbers, mollusks and echinoderms, we're talkin' to you! The more personal and/or creative the better!


James Higham said...

Rebuilding the Beagle? Really?

Glendon Mellow said...

Hmm. Not sure how much I inspired that as opposed to Mr Switek and Mr Zivkovic. I was like the raquet-ball wall you hit things against.

Great idea. I'll have to rustle up a camera.