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Public Participation in Scientific Research:Emerging Resources for Botany

Smith, Arfon [1].

Lessons learned building the Zooniverse, an online platform for citizen science.

In July 2007 faced with a an overwhelming amount of data to analyze, a group of astronomers launched a website and asked members of the public for their help. Five years later Galaxy Zoo ( 400,000 members of the public have between them produced more than 150 million galaxy shape classifications leading to more than 35 peer-reviewed publications. Following the Galaxy Zoo model a number of the founding team went on to create the Zooniverse, a platform for online citizen science. Today, the Zooniverse ( has more than 800,000 participants worldwide contributing their time to more than 10 different citizen science projects in fields as diverse and papyrology and zoology. The goal of the Zooniverse is to engage members of the pubic in contemporary research problems where human cognition/analysis exceeds that of a computational methods. In this presentation I'll spend some time discussing how the Zooniverse has grown its collecting of projects and community over the past 5 years.

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Galaxy Zoo

1 - Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States

Citizen Science
Science Education.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY01
Location: Jasperwood/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: SY01002
Abstract ID:186
Candidate for Awards:None

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