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What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

Projects

  • Zooniverse: Asteroid Zoo Space

    Zooniverse: Asteroid Zoo

    Scientists scanning our solar system need your help to find asteroids for the exploration of their mineral properties

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Penguin Watch Evolution

    Zooniverse: Penguin Watch

    Join researchers in sorting through 200,000-plus penguin images to help improve efforts at penguin conservation

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Dear Professor Einstein Technology

    Dear Professor Einstein

    Transcribe letters written by members of Albert Einstein’s Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists following World War II

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: N/A DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Floating Forests More Science

    Zooniverse: Floating Forests

    Help scientists uncover the history of Giant Kelp forests around the globe

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Technology

    NOVA Cybersecurity Lab

    Explore the world of coding, cyber scams and online safety

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • NOVA RNA VirtuaLab Technology

    NOVA RNA VirtuaLab

    Find the patterns that dictate RNA design

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Adrien Treuille, Computer Scientist DATES: Ongoing
  • Wildlife Tracker Technology

    Wildlife Tracker

    Help scientists study the impacts of habitat fragmentation on wild animals by tagging photos taken by motion-detecting cameras

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Yiwei Wang, PhD candidate DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Operation War Diary Technology

    Zooniverse: Operation War Diary

    Researchers need help transcribing regimental diaries describing events in the lives of British soldiers during the First World War

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Luke Smith, Digital Lead, First World War Centenary Program DATES: Ongoing
  • iCoast: Did the Coast Change? More Science

    iCoast: Did the Coast Change?

    Help U.S. Geological Survey scientists study storm aftermaths and coastal changes

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Sophia Liu DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Sunspotter Space

    Zooniverse: Sunspotter

    Help organize sunspot images in order of complexity to better understand and predict how the Sun's magnetic activity affects the Earth

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Paul Higgins DATES: Ongoing
  • Update: EyeWire Technology

    Update: EyeWire

    Help researchers make the scientific leaps necessary to understand the brain’s higher functions

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Sebastian Seung, professor of computer science DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Cyclone Center Energy & Sustainability

    Zooniverse: Cyclone Center

    Help scientists analyze more than 30 years of tropical cyclone satellite imagery

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: N/A DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse Condor Watch Technology

    Zooniverse Condor Watch

    Help researchers better understand the social dynamic of condors by identifying them in photos taken all across California

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: N/A DATES: Ongoing
  • Happy Match Biology

    Happy Match

    In this twist on the on the classic quiz game, players participate in scientific research by classifying photos of animal, plant and insect species

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Kevin Crowston and Jun Wang DATES: Ongoing
  • EteRNA Biology

    EteRNA

    Game lets citizen scientists participate in creating large-scale library of synthetic RNA designs

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Rhiju Das, Assistant Professor/Adrien Treuille, Assistant Professor DATES: Ongoing
  • Forgotten Island Science Education

    Forgotten Island

    Contribute to scientific knowledge while playing this adventure game

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Kevin Crowston and Jun Wang DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Project Star Date M83 More Science

    Zooniverse: Project Star Date M83

    Study Hubble telescope images to help identify the ages of the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy’s (M83) many star clusters.

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Weddell Seal Population Count More Science

    Weddell Seal Population Count

    Help scientists in the field monitor the Weddell seal population in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Jay Rotella, Robert Garrott and Don Siniff DATES: Ongoing
  • AgeGuess Mind & Brain

    AgeGuess

    A citizen science project that lets you guess people's ages--without fear of offending them!

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Uli Steiner and Dusan Misevic DATES: Ongoing
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