AZON 2.0 presented its resources at the XXIV Lower Silesian Science Festival

What does sugar look like under a microscope, what did the archaeological sites of Machu Picchu look like, or how can we use drone photos to estimate the population of Kotewka in Oława near Wrocław. This and many other resources and methods of their preparation could be seen by the participants of the presentation of the Atlas of Open Science Resources 2.0 during the XXIV Lower Silesian Science Festival.

Meeting participants could take part in two lectures. The first one prepared by the employees of Wrocław University of Science and Technology concerned the most interesting resources deposited on the AZON platform and the methods of their digitization. We saw amazing microscopic photos, animations and 3D photos and we heard about the methods of their preparation.

The second lecture, prepared by the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, concerned the digitization of plants and plant communities with the use of microscopic photography and low-altitude seedlings. Participants could, inter alia, see how, thanks to the modern technology of aerial photography with the use of 5 cameras with a wide spectrum of colors, we can analyze the area in terms of vegetation, vegetation or the growth of specific species, such as the aforementioned Water Walnut Kotewka. The presentation met with great interest of the participants, asking about the details of the technologies used.

The Lower Silesian Science Festival in the Year of Lem was held under the slogan From Science fiction to Science. The slogan was supplemented with a quote from "Fairy Tales of Robots": "Science explains the world, but only art can reconcile with it".

The Lower Silesian Science Festival is a popular science event organized every year in September (stationary edition) and October (away sessions in Legnica, Zgorzelec, Lubin, Dzierżoniów, Głogów, Jelenia Góra, Wałbrzych, Ząbkowice Śląskie and Bystrzyca Kłodzka Polska) by the universities of Wrocław Academy, Institutes of Wrocław Sciences and non-university environments. It is addressed to everyone interested in science, culture, art, and interesting phenomena of the world around us. The first edition took place in 1998.

The project "Open Science Resource Atlas 2.0" is co-financed by the European Union and aims to increase accessibility, improve quality and extend the possibility of reusing science resources. The project is implemented by the Wrocław University of Technology (the leader) together with partners: Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław Medical University and the Institute of Systems Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The project focuses on the digital sharing of resources of great importance to the field of science and economy. These include publications, scripts, lectures, 3D models, audio and video recordings, photos, input and output files of various computer programs, databases collecting data from various fields, machines, systems, language corpora and many others. All resources are available openly on the platform.