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Presentation given at JISC Survive or Thrive conference. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/2010/06/surviveorthrive.aspx

Presentation given at JISC Survive or Thrive conference. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/2010/06/surviveorthrive.aspx

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  • Working at web scale...or not.

  • Making discovery possible.
  • The role of an intermediate interface
  • Peas.
    Users as advocates

  • Who are these people?
    Not your traditional Citizen Scientists; these are not amateur astronomers, nor bird watchers (~1%).

  • - fundamental lesson is that ‘SCIENCE IS SOMETHING I CAN DO’

    - 1 is not always possible, but dual purpose research. Instead of sorting cars into order, do something useful...
  • - fundamental lesson is that ‘SCIENCE IS SOMETHING I CAN DO’

    - 1 is not always possible, but dual purpose research. Instead of sorting cars into order, do something useful...
  • - fundamental lesson is that ‘SCIENCE IS SOMETHING I CAN DO’

    - 1 is not always possible, but dual purpose research. Instead of sorting cars into order, do something useful...
  • - fundamental lesson is that ‘SCIENCE IS SOMETHING I CAN DO’

    - 1 is not always possible, but dual purpose research. Instead of sorting cars into order, do something useful...



  • 1 & 3 together mean that one must have a sense of what is wanted as well as allowing free exploration.
    But lack of free exploration will cause problems.
  • Modes of engagement
  • Modes of engagement
  • Modes of engagement
  • oldweather.org
    Map is WWII. Blue - previous data, Red - digitised. We’re extending this to WWI.
    Example given is HMS Warspite from 1941 (Battle of Crete).
  • oldweather.org
    Map is WWII. Blue - previous data, Red - digitised. We’re extending this to WWI.
    Example given is HMS Warspite from 1941 (Battle of Crete).
  • Example of generalised problem.
  • Example of generalised problem.
  • Example of generalised problem.
  • Example of generalised problem.
  • Content - educational resources. Enriching user experience by showing dynamic content
    • Scope for small 'sprint' projects as well as larger commitments
    Single Sign On

  • - Why not open source?
    - Keeping volunteers in one place : Good for us, progression for them
    - A quality assured set of projects.
    - Open calls, more projects to come

  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • This is a design problem - but not one we have had to face yet.
    Change in press?
  • - Why not open source?
    - Keeping volunteers in one place : Good for us, progression for them
    - A quality assured set of projects.
    - Open calls, more projects to come


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    • 1. Working the Crowd : Learning from Galaxy Zoo Chris Lintott chris@zooniverse.org
    • 2. http://astro.uchicago.edu/cosmus/ projects/sloanmovie/
    • 3. 70,000 60,000 Classifications per hour 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 0 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 Hours
    • 4. Hanny’s Voorwerp
    • 5. An ‘ethics’ of Citizen Science
    • 6. The ground rules for Citizen Science
    • 7. The ground rules for Citizen Science 1. Telling people about the purpose of the research and about its context is a good thing.
    • 8. The ground rules for Citizen Science 1. Telling people about the purpose of the research and about its context is a good thing. 2. Treat participants as collaborators not as subjects
    • 9. The ground rules for Citizen Science 1. Telling people about the purpose of the research and about its context is a good thing. 2. Treat participants as collaborators not as subjects 3. Do not waste people’s time
    • 10. Known knowns : Data reduction by science team
    • 11. Known knowns : Data reduction by science team Known unknowns : Results funnelled to specific researchers
    • 12. Known knowns : Data reduction by science team Known unknowns : Results funnelled to specific researchers Unknown unknowns : Currently rely on forum moderators to filter.
    • 13. Task Favourites Pages Answer Annotation User Alerts Sections Asset Project Tags
    • 14. www.zooniverse.org
    • 15. www.zooniverse.org
    • 16. chris@zooniverse.org