Monday, December 5, 2011

Participatory Science

These are exciting times for the amateur scientist.  Thanks to the web and the power of crowdsourcing, many scientists are turning to us regular folks to help them with their big problems Mechanical Turk-style.  Last week at NASA, Brian Day told me about a web site called Zooniverse that pulls together several of these projects into a single place where you can go to add your contribution to science.  There are several projects going on that are looking for volunteers to do what humans do best, find patterns and similarities between things.  Most of these projects are astronomical in nature, but they are branching out to do more.  After the break, I describe few of  the 11 current projects which need your help.

You may remember my last post about speaking whale.  Well that and several other projects are part of Zooniverse.  Here are just a few: