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Map of Life app engages citizen scientists

July/August 2015

The Map of Life app shows what kinds of life surround you, no matter where you are in the world. It draws from scientific literature, public databases, and satellite remote sensing, with predictions dynamically generated through modeling. The Yale Alumni Magazine describes how citizen scientists can use the app to contribute to our knowledge of the status and trends of species, thereby enabling understanding of species invasions, resource management, and ecological research.

Old Ship Logs Reveal …Hints about Climate

September 3, 2014

Brian Naylor of NPR’s “Morning Edition” describes the Old Weather project, a citizen-science gateway that helps scientists fill in their gaps about climate history. Citizens are transcribing the logbooks of mariners from long ago. The project, created by Kevin Wood, a research scientist with NOAA and the University of Washington, allows “long-term, complete reconstruction of the Earth’s atmosphere.”

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Scientists Dig into Ebola’s Deadly Genes for Clues

August 28, 2014

DNA in tube

AP writer Seth Borenstein highlighted the role of online crowd-sourcing (a.k.a. citizen science) in his article about the urgent effort to slow the Ebola outbreak. Lisa Girard of the Harvard Gazette also describes the research team, which was based at Harvard University and the Broad Institute.

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Phone apps connect researchers with citizen scientists

November 14, 2013

Michigan Radio’s Environment Report describes an initiative at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, that uses mobile phone apps to let citizens collect data that would interest scientists. Areas of application so far include beach safety, air pollution, community ethnography, and mushroom locations.

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New Facebook App Created to Save Europe’s Ash Trees

August 13, 2013

Europe’s ash trees are threatened by a fungus. Researchers have created a Facebook app to crowdsource analysis of genetic data. From PRI’s The World, hosted by Marco Werman.

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What Makes Citizen Scientists Tick

April 2, 2013

A survey of participants in the Galaxy Zoo project reveals why citizen scientists take part in crowdsourced science projects. From MIT Technology Review.

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The Humanities, Digitized

May-June 2012

Jonathan Shaw in Harvard Magazine describes several projects in the humanities that are using visualization, digitized collections, crowdsourcing, or text mining to explore literature, art, history, and current events in new ways.

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