Taking part in research from seafloors to galaxies — Citizen science initiatives

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Do you like gazing at images of galaxies? Do you like to transcribe ancient texts? Do you like to listen to whales or spot seafloor critters?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be on your way to making a big contribution to research projects as a “citizen scientist.”

With today’s advancement in the technology, scientists are able to obtain huge amount of data in a short period of time. For example, an underwater mapping system can take 3 million images of seafloor per day. This volume of data leaves the scientists with a dilemma; if researchers were to go through the image one by one on their own, it would take years to analyze the data. This is where citizen scientists come into play. Citizen science initiatives are crowdsourcing projects, in which the public takes part in various research projects through helping scientists deal with the flood of data. Continue reading –>

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3 responses to “Taking part in research from seafloors to galaxies — Citizen science initiatives

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  2. Nice piece… we must be clones! 🙂

    • I enjoyed reading your piece, too! I look forward to a new galaxy or seafloor species named after you 🙂
      I have been posting random science-related things that I found interesting (and hopefully interesting to the readers!). Please visit again 😉