Project Noah was launched out of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in early 2010. "NOAH" is actually an acronym that stands for Networked Organisms And Habitats. The project started off as an experiment to see if the researchers—including founding members Yasser Ansari, Martin Ceperley, Peter Horvath and Bruno Kruse—could build a fun, location-based mobile application to encourage people to reconnect with nature and document local wildlife.
Project Noah, which launched its iPhone app in February of 2010 and has since added an Android app, has the ultimate goal of building an online platform that can be used by citizen scientists to document a wide variety of wildlife—spiders, birds, moose, you name it.
- PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Yasser Ansari
- SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: National Geographic
- DATES: Ongoing
- PROJECT TYPE: Observation
- COST: Free
- GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
HOW TO JOIN:
Citizen scientists can create a Project Noah account using an existing online account—including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Windows Live and AOL. Or they can sign up for a new account at the Project Noah Web site.
Once the citizen scientist has logged in for the first time they'll be presented with a "My Noah" dashboard where they can upload, manage and view spottings and browse spottings submitted by the community in real-time. Citizen scientists with an iPhone or Android smartphone can use Project Noah's mobile applications.