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Citizen Science? – Check out Zooniverse.org

April 16, 2019
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Zooniverse.
Think of it as crowdsourcing or “wisdom of the crowd”
applied to modern science.

Computers can calculate enormously faster than we humans can, but we are still far better at some things. Pattern recognition is one of those things. There are a lot of projects where you can make a real contribution by using your ability to recognize patterns that supercomputers could examine for days and get nowhere.

Zooniverse is a one-stop site for these projects looking for human helpers. As it says on their site:

The Zooniverse Works

418,806,839

Classifications so far by 1,757,426 registered volunteers

A vibrant community.

Zooniverse gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research
with over 50 active online citizen science projects. Work with 1.6 million registered users
around the world to contribute to research projects led by hundreds of researchers.

Their sites shows that there are currently 91 projects running in the following eleven general divisions: Arts, Biology, Climate, History, Language, Literature, Medicine, Nature, Physics, Social Science, and Space.

In the Biology division the have the following projects involving birds: The Cornell Lab – Hawk Talk, The Cornell Lab – Battling Birds, London Bird Records, Interior Least Tern and Piping Plover Predators, Penguin Watch, Project Plumage, and Seabird Watch.

Here’s a few of their other projects:

GALAXY ZOO -To understand how galaxies formed we need your help to classify them according to their shapes. If you’re quick, you may even be the first person to see the galaxies you’re asked to classify.Look at telescope images of distant galaxies.Explore the sky. What will you find?  “In the decade the project has been running, Galaxy Zoo volunteers have helped understand the Universe and made spectacular discoveries. We hope you’ll join us for the next stage of the adventure. ”

WEATHER RESCUE – We’re asking for your help to unearth some of the long-forgotten secrets about the UK’s weather. By helping us to digitize these records, we can unlock answers to questions about our weather and changing climate, as well as contribute to new discoveries.  “The fastest way to collect new weather observations is by looking back in time!”

SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD – Transcribe handwritten documents by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and help us understand his life and times. Along the way you’ll find words that have yet to be recorded in the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary, and which will eventually be added to this important resource.

CHIMP & SEEWelcome to Africa—home of the chimpanzee. Our cameras have taken thousands of videos of these and other animals. Now we need your help to study, explore, and learn from them.

Link to Zooniverse.
[Chuck Almdale]

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