Happy Match

Happy Match
Image: Image courtesy of Citizen Sort

Happy Match is a citizen science game that challenges players to answer questions about moths, sharks or rays. Players score points at the end of each game to compete with friends and see who makes the best citizen scientist. Scientists designed the questions in Happy Match based on information they want to know. By classifying the photos of these insects and animals, you'll these help scientists as they study the natural world.

Each time you play Happy Match, you will be given either five or 10 photos to work with. In each round, you will be asked a question about the specimens shown in the photos (for example, their color). Answer the questions by dragging and dropping the photos. In each round, most of the photos will be unknown: citizen scientists can help researchers by identifying the animals, plants or insects in these photos.

Happy Match was created by Citizen Sort, a group of researchers and student developers at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. Citizen Sort’s Web contains tools and games to classify various species of insects, animals, and plants. One of the site’s goals is to help biologists and ecologists with scientific classification tasks. The second goal is to help information scientists and human-computer interaction researchers evaluate the role of motivation in citizen science.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Kevin Crowston and Jun Wang
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: Syracuse University
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • PROJECT TYPE: Data Processing
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages

    Go to the Citizen Sort Web site and register.

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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.

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