AAAS Symposium in Feb. 2015: Cutting-Edge Research with 1 Million Citizen Scientists
Some colleagues and I successfully proposed for a symposium on citizen science at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose, CA in February 2015. (The AAAS is one of the world’s largest scientific societies and is the publisher of the Science journal.) Our session will be titled “Citizen Science from the Zooniverse: Cutting-Edge Research with 1 Million Scientists.” It refers to the more than one million volunteers participating in a variety of citizen science projects. This milestone was reached in February, and the Guardian and other news outlets reported on it.
The Zooniverse began with Galaxy Zoo, which recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. Of course, Galaxy Zoo has been very successful, and it led to the development of a variety of citizen science projects coordinated by the Zooniverse in diverse fields such as biology, zoology, climate science, medicine, and astronomy. For example, projects include: Snapshot Serengeti, where people classify different animals caught in millions of camera trap images; Cell Slider, where they classify images of cancerous and ordinary cells and contribute to cancer research; Old Weather, where participants transcribe weather data from log books of Arctic exploration and research ships at sea between 1850 and 1950, thus contributing to climate model projections; and Whale FM, where they categorize the recorded sounds made by killer and pilot whales. And of course, in addition to Galaxy Zoo, there are numerous astronomy-related projects, such as Disk Detective, Planet Hunters, the Milky Way Project, and Space Warps.
We haven’t confirmed all of the speakers for our AAAS session yet, but we plan to have six speakers who will introduce and present results from the Zooniverse, Galaxy Zoo, Snapshot Serengeti, Old Weather, Cell Slider, and Space Warps. I’m sure it will be exciting and we’re all looking forward to it!
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- July 18, 2014 -
This is exciting news, well done raminskibba!
You’re going to post this in the Zooniverse blog too, aren’t you?
Thanks! Yes, great idea–we should post it there too.
Would this be public? Are there any restrictions to who can attend?
I’m not sure, but you might need to register for the AAAS meeting (which isn’t free) to attend. If I hear otherwise, I’ll update this post. There will also be a “pre-conference” of the Citizen Science Association preceding the AAAS meeting, and I think one simply needs to register for that: http://citizenscienceassociation.org/conference/citizen-science-2015/
Also, where exactly is this? You say San Jose, but where in it?
I think they haven’t said exactly where in San Jose yet. More detailed information will be released when registration opens next month.