Bored over the holidays? Want to do something mindless that gives you a small sense of accomplishment without leaving your electronic device? What if it also helps SCIENCE?
Zooniverse is a citizen science project– basically (if I’m understanding correctly) there’s this software that researchers can get from github that they can use to crowd-source data entry. To be on the zooniverse page, they have some kind of competition for Science and the best projects get to go up. People work on small bite-sized chunks of project in their spare time, essentially for free. You can classify pictures of universes or tell them when a picture has an animal in it and what kind of animal and read histories of ancient peoples. There’s projects to study climate change and history and wildlife. Difficulty ranges from things a three year old can do (ex. identifying animals on the Serengeti) to reading handwriting or transcribing ancient Greek. There’s even sounds to categorize.
Anyhow, if you need to get addicted to something on the internet, we suggest trying this out. It might be fun!
Disclaimer: Zooiverse doesn’t know we exist. One of us did meet a nice gentleman who is affiliated with one of the projects though.
Have you participated in crowd-sourcing for science before? Are there other sites you would recommend?