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Transforming research (and public engagement) through citizen science

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 March 2020

Samantha Blickhan
Affiliation:
Department of Citizen Science, The Adler Planetarium 1300 South Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL60605, USA emails: samantha@zooniverse.org, trouille@zooniverse.org
Laura Trouille
Affiliation:
Department of Citizen Science, The Adler Planetarium 1300 South Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL60605, USA emails: samantha@zooniverse.org, trouille@zooniverse.org
Chris J. Lintott
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, The University of Oxford Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3RH, UK email: chris.lintott@physics.ox.ac.uk
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Processing our increasingly large datasets poses a bottleneck for producing real scientific outcomes and citizen science - engaging the public in research - provides a solution, particularly when coupled with automated routines. In this talk we will provide a broad overview of citizen science approaches and best practices. We will also highlight in particular recent advances through Zooniverse, the world’s largest platform for online citizen science, engaging more than 1.7 million volunteers in tasks including discovering exoplanets, identifying features on Mars’ surface, transcribing artist’s notebooks, and tracking resistance to antibiotics.

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