Citizen Scienceand the ZooniverseKelly A. Borden – Senior Educator for Citizen ScienceAdler PlanetariumChicago, Illinoiskelly@zooniverse.org@zooteach
What we do….Zooniverse is acollection of onlinecitizen science projectsfrom across a variety ofscientific disciplines.
Citizen ScienceMany hands make light work….
How does Zooniverse work?
Data, too much of a good thing?
Some things to ponder….
CrowdsourcingTaking a big problem and breaking it into smallpieces that many people can help to solve.
Why can’t a computer do this?Can I break science if I am wrong?
It worked!• Over 40 peer-reviews papers publishedusing Galaxy Zoo data• 1.25 million galaxies have been classified,each by multiple volunteers• Serendipitous discoveries
Zooniverse volunteers identify groundcoverand animals on the seafloor to helpscientists understand the distribution ofanimals and habitats on the ocean floor.
Seafloor Explorer by thenumbers….• 40,000,000 images to be classified• 986,282 images classified in first twomonths of the project• 5,479 hours of human effort• 2 years 8 months for one person workingfulltime to complete this task (with novacation)
on-going research,open questions
Why Zooniverse in the classroom?• Authentic scientific experience• Real data• Contributing to cutting-edge research• Free
A project for everybody….
Resources for Teacherswww.zooteach.org
Zooniverse Education Blogeducation.zooniverse.org
Data Exploration ToolsGalaxy Zoo Navigatorhttp://www.galaxyzoo.org/#/navigator/home
Zooniverse Ambassadors TeacherWorkshopAugust 8th-9thAdler Planetarium, ChicagoTravel Costs & StipendApply online ateducation.zooniverse.orgApplications due June 7th