Developed by Carnegie Mellon University, SENSR provides a way to obtain a custom data collection application running on mobile devices for your citizen science project or projects. If you are running a grassroots project for science, education, environmental conservation, community monitoring, or some other reason, and are seeking ways to expand citizen scientists' participation in contributing data, SENSR can help you create a mobile data collection tool for your project.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Sunyoung Kim, PhD Candidate
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • PROJECT TYPE: Observation
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages

    First, make an information page for the project. The purpose of this page is to describe what your project is about, who you are, why you are doing this, and how important this project is. Potential volunteers will decide whether or not to join your project after reading this page, so, make it clear, compelling, and attractive. SENSR’s Web site will walk you through the subsequent steps.

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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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