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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

  • NYC Cyclist Air Quality Study Energy & Sustainability

    NYC Cyclist Air Quality Study

    NYC cyclists can help Columbia University researchers study air pollution on the streets


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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Steve Chillrud/Darby Jack DATES: Ongoing
  • DARPA Verigames Crowdsourced Formal Verification (CSFV) project Technology

    DARPA Verigames Crowdsourced Formal Verification (CSFV) project

    Citizen scientists help software developers detect flaws that make their programs vulnerable to hackers


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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: N/A DATES: Ongoing
  • NOVA Evolution Lab Evolution

    NOVA Evolution Lab

    What could you possibly have in common with a mushroom, or a dinosaur, or even a bacterium? More than you might think.


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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Chia Shen DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Planet 4 Space

    Zooniverse: Planet 4

    Help planetary scientists identify and measure features on the Martian surface while also helping improve the design of future Zooniverse projects

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Orchid Observers [U.K.] Energy & Sustainability

    Zooniverse: Orchid Observers [U.K.]

    Help scientists better understand the effects that climate change is having on orchids in the U.K.

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Go Viral Health

    Go Viral

    Research program collects fluid specimens from the community and analyzes them with the latest molecular diagnostics instruments

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Rumi Chunara DATES: Ongoing
  • Citizen Science Soil Collection Program More Science

    Citizen Science Soil Collection Program

    Help University of Oklahoma scientists study microscopic life in search of new drug compounds

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Robert Cichewicz DATES: Ongoing
  • Asteroid Data Hunter Technology

    Asteroid Data Hunter

    Protecting the Earth from the threat of asteroid impacts means first knowing where they are

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Zooniverse: Science Gossip Technology

    Zooniverse: Science Gossip

    Help researchers classify Victorian-era science drawings and map the origins of citizen science

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Reverse the Odds Technology

    Reverse the Odds

    Analyze real cancer data by playing a mobile game

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Anne Kiltie and Gareth Thomas DATES: Ongoing
  • Nanocrafter More Science

    Nanocrafter

    A game that challenges players to build nanoscale devices using small pieces of DNA

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Various DATES: Ongoing
  • Play to Cure: Genes in Space Health

    Play to Cure: Genes in Space

    Free mobile game that uses the collective force of players to analyze real genetic data

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Hannah Keartland DATES: Ongoing
  • Weather-IT Technology

    Weather-IT

    A series of weather-related citizen science projects

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Maria Aristeidou DATES: Ongoing
  • Lost at Night Space

    Lost at Night

    Help astrophysicists georeference the position of cities which appear in images taken from the International Space Station (ISS)

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: José Gómez Castaño DATES: Ongoing
  • Marine Metre Squared More Science

    Marine Metre Squared

    New Zealand citizen scientists monitor the diversity living things found on beaches

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: N/A DATES: Ongoing
  • 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
  • Radio JOVE Space

    Radio JOVE

    Radio JOVE students and citizen scientists observe and analyze natural radio emissions of Jupiter, the Sun and the galaxy

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    PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Jim Thieman/Chuck Higgins 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

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