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  • Who we are…..The Zooniverse team is split between the Adler Planetarium and University of Oxford. The Zooniverseeducators,developers, and designers based at the Adler make-up the Citizen Science department here at the Adler. In the past 18 months we’ve begun coordinating with other departments at the Adler to use Zoonivers’s online citizen science projects on the museum floor and in public and school programs.
  • Lots of different projects, blah, blah, blah.
  • Getting the large group of people together for the purposes of contributing to scientific investigations….
  • Methods that scientists use to collect data have almost gotten too good. A lot of Zooniverse projects are based in astronomy. Consider that telescopes like the Hubble and Sloan Digital Sky Survey have collected millions of images in need of analysis. Simply stated there aren’t enough scientists and grad students to do it all. So what are the alternatives?
  • Lots of people spend lots of time on the internet doing some fun, if not entirely useful things. What is we could use some of this effort toward something a little more beneficial than hurling birds at a target? Could we tap into this huge cognitive surplus
  • The collective efforts of web users like you and me is an incredibly powerful tool. We can take this effort and apply it to really big problems. This is called crowdsourcing
  • Galaxy Zoo is the first Zooniverse project. It started a 5 years ago and is currently in it’s third iteration. The idea of this project is simple, to understand how galaxies form we need to sort them into shapes.
  • All Zooniverse projects begin with a tutorial. Do classification as a group on Galaxy Zoo.
  • Our two most common questions. Computers are great at certain analysis tasks, but not all. In the case of Galaxy Zoo they’re not very good at shape recognition. Humans are much better at that type of pattern recognition. One of the biggest hurdles we need to help volunteers over is their own self-doubt. Each image being classified is looked at my multiple volunteers. It’s amalgam of the combined efforts of volunteers that are forwarded to the science team.
  • Hanny’sVorwerp and Green Peas. We believe in giving credit to the valuable work that our volunteers do. They are named as co-authors on papers that their classifications contribut to.
  • Imagse taken of the bottom of the seafloor.
  • 40 million images to be classified of images to be looked at.
  • Next we thought we’d talk a little about some of the science goals for a couple of our projects.
  • Camera traps set up around Serengeti National Park
  • Zooniverse Education - TeachMeet Nashville

    1. 1. Citizen Scienceand the ZooniverseKelly A. Borden – Senior Educator for Citizen ScienceAdler PlanetariumChicago, Illinoiskelly@zooniverse.org@zooteach
    2. 2. What we do….Zooniverse is acollection of onlinecitizen science projectsfrom across a variety ofscientific disciplines.
    3. 3. Citizen ScienceMany hands make light work….
    4. 4. How does Zooniverse work?
    5. 5. Data, too much of a good thing?
    6. 6. Some things to ponder….
    7. 7. CrowdsourcingTaking a big problem and breaking it into smallpieces that many people can help to solve.
    8. 8. Galaxy Zoo
    9. 9. Training
    10. 10. Why can’t a computer do this?Can I break science if I am wrong?
    11. 11. It worked!• Over 40 peer-reviews papers publishedusing Galaxy Zoo data• 1.25 million galaxies have been classified,each by multiple volunteers• Serendipitous discoveries
    12. 12. Seafloor Explorer
    13. 13. Zooniverse volunteers identify groundcoverand animals on the seafloor to helpscientists understand the distribution ofanimals and habitats on the ocean floor.
    14. 14. 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)
    15. 15. on-going research,open questions
    16. 16. Why Zooniverse in the classroom?• Authentic scientific experience• Real data• Contributing to cutting-edge research• Free
    17. 17. A project for everybody….
    18. 18. Resources for Teacherswww.zooteach.org
    19. 19. Zooniverse Education Blogeducation.zooniverse.org
    20. 20. Data Exploration ToolsGalaxy Zoo Navigatorhttp://www.galaxyzoo.org/#/navigator/home
    21. 21. Zooniverse Ambassadors TeacherWorkshopAugust 8th-9thAdler Planetarium, ChicagoTravel Costs & StipendApply online ateducation.zooniverse.orgApplications due June 7th