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An Introduction to the Zooniverse

Arfon M. Smith, Stuart Lynn, Chris J. Lintott
2013 AAAI Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing  
The Zooniverse ( began in 2007 with the launch of Galaxy Zoo, a project in which more than 175,000 people provided shape analyses of more than 1 million galaxy images sourced from the Sloan  ...  These galaxy 'classifications', some 60 million in total, have subsequently been used to produce more than 50 peer-reviewed publications based not only on the original research goals of the project but  ...  If citizen science is to have a part to play in analyzing these next-generation datasets then the Zooniverse will need to evolve into a smarter system capable for example of modeling the abilities of users  ... 
dblp:conf/hcomp/SmithLL13a fatcat:hh5vw7k74jg45encycqrz7pk3e


Robert Simpson, Kevin R. Page, David De Roure
2014 Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web - WWW '14 Companion  
This paper introduces the Zooniverse citizen science project and software framework, outlining its structure from an observatory perspective: both as an observable web-based system in itself, and as an  ...  We include details of the technical architecture of Zooniverse, including the mechanisms for data gathering across the Zooniverse operation, access, and analysis.  ...  Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank the Zooniverse team for their support writing this paper and more generally in their work during development of the platform described herein.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2567948.2579215 dblp:conf/www/SimpsonPR14 fatcat:knuylnnagzhnrp3u5d6ha6ffvy

Optimizing the Human-Machine Partnership with Zooniverse [article]

Lucy Fortson, Darryl Wright, Chris Lintott, Laura Trouille
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Citizen science as an approach to Big Data combines the twin advantages of the ability to scale analysis to the size of modern datasets with the ability of humans to make serendipitous discoveries.  ...  This paper summarizes some of our research to date on integration of machine learning with Zooniverse, while also describing new infrastructure developed on the Zooniverse platform to carry out this research  ...  The Zooniverse Decision Engine Zooniverse projects are supported by the Panoptes codebase 1 which is an application of modular design supporting a powerful API.  ... 
arXiv:1809.09738v1 fatcat:zc3ctmhavnfvnk37v5lopmnobm

D4.3 - Lifecycle-aware citizen science templates V2

Esteban Gonzalez, Rafael Gonzalez, Oscar Corcho
2022 Zenodo  
This document describes the different templates that are going to be developed in ACTION for helping pilots to export/use external platforms.  ...  Also, a new tool to create data workflows will be described. Finally, a guideline illustrates the process to create a workflow in ACTION.  ...  In section 2, an introduction to Epicollect5 and Zooniverse is included..  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6346423 fatcat:cq5q7xpnrzbx7frtn2di67kmlq

Galaxy Zoo: Outreach and Science Hand in Hand

Karen L. Masters
2012 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
Galaxy Zoo has inspired a suite of similar Citizen Science projects known as "The Zooniverse" ( which now has well over half a million participants.  ...  In this invited talk I described how that public engagement via citizen science is not only an effective means of outreach from data intensive surveys, but if done right can and must also increase the  ...  The Citizen Science Alliance acknowledges funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enable open calls for Zooniverse projects.  ... 
doi:10.1017/s1743921314012927 fatcat:i3sfh6ubrvexhbnjverdxt46la

D4.2 Lifecycle-aware citizen science templates

Esteban Gonzalez, Oscar Corcho
2020 Zenodo  
Finally, a mini guide has been included to help users to create a CS project using the external platforms Epicollect and Zooniverse.  ...  This document describes the different templates that are going to be developed in ACTION for helping pilots to export/use external platforms.  ...  It includes the following information: • Name of the project • Description of the project • Introduction text • Tags to index your project in zooniverse platform.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3885565 fatcat:q5fuxdxxlnfe7a6h3kxvidcnne

Dataset Review—Zooniverse, the online repository for Citizen Science

Patrick Manning
2018 Journal of World-Systems Research  
For readers of JWSR, it will be worthwhile to explore Zooniverse and its projects, to see how this resource could meet the needs of researchers in world systems, world history, and historical sociology  ...  The opening page of the site leads viewers readily into a list of the 9 disciplines and then to the projects within each discipline.  ...  Viewers may join, get video introduction to each project, and then get started on work, aided by tutorials. This review focuses on Zooniverse projects in History, Social Sciences, and Humanities.  ... 
doi:10.5195/jwsr.2018.787 fatcat:x46tyq4t5rfipld7rm7p6u3o4m

An Exploratory Factor Analysis of Motivations for Participating in Zooniverse, a Collection of Virtual Citizen Science Projects

Jason Reed, M. Jordan Raddick, Andrea Lardner, Karen Carney
2013 2013 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  
An exploratory factor analysis of their responses suggests a three-factor solution representing motives related to Social Engagement, Interaction with the Website, and Helping.  ...  The success of VCS projects has prompted researchers to understand what motivates volunteer participation. 199 registered users of Zooniverse, a successful collection of VCS projects, completed a web survey  ...  Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0917608.  ... 
doi:10.1109/hicss.2013.85 dblp:conf/hicss/ReedRLC13 fatcat:kh7hv43zl5c73mgqa6p22ow75m

How Does Citizen Science Compare to Online Survey Panels? A Comparison of Food Knowledge and Perceptions Between the Zooniverse, Prolific and Qualtrics UK Panels

Beth Armstrong, Christian Reynolds, Gemma Bridge, Libby Oakden, Changqiong Wang, Luca Panzone, Ximena Schmidt Rivera, Astrid Kause, Charles Ffoulkes, Coleman Krawczyk, Grant Miller, Stephen Serjeant
2021 Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems  
Zooniverse citizens rated animal welfare standards to be lower for meat products and eggs, compared to Qualtrics and Prolific participants.  ...  With an increasing focus on the uptake of healthy and sustainable diets, a growing body of research has explored consumer perceptions and understanding of the environmental impacts and safety of foods.  ...  The introduction of easy to interpret and use metrics of animal welfare and food safety may provide more insightful understanding of the variables.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fsufs.2020.575021 fatcat:77nohnfy6fbl5ikv2jyoyibtau

The Role of Translation in Citizen Science to Foster Social Innovation

Barbara Heinisch
2021 Frontiers in Sociology  
Especially for citizen science projects that have a global reach, translation is crucial to overcome language and cultural barriers to reach members of the public.  ...  Nevertheless, this work has been one of the first attempts to examine the relation between translation, citizen science and social innovation.  ...  To sum up, the introduction of concepts (for example, in the form of loanwords or calques) from one culture to another may introduce alternative social practices that are at the core of social innovation  ... 
doi:10.3389/fsoc.2021.629720 pmid:33869580 pmcid:PMC8022696 fatcat:5hlcoeifjfgslchnphbn3xpp2u

Playing with science

Anita Greenhill, Kate Holmes, Jamie Woodcock, Chris Lintott, Brooke D Simmons, Gary Graham, Joe Cox, Eun Young Oh, Karen Masters
2016 Aslib Journal of Information Management  
We present a conceptual model to enable deeper understandings of how forms of social interaction and play are motivating users contributing to citizen science project to participate in the online processes  ...  Design/methodology/approach -Qualitative techniques with an interpretivist approach are used to analyse online content found within citizen science platforms, related forums and social media by examining  ...  The image below is an example of a LOLcat meme created by members of the Zooniverse team.  ... 
doi:10.1108/ajim-11-2015-0182 fatcat:k77k5ulrfrhi5jrnwi6j5to3fi

Design Guidelines for the User-Centred Collaborative Citizen Science Platforms

Poonam Yadav, John Darlington
2016 Human Computation  
Citizen Science platforms usually host multiple Citizen Science projects, and allow volunteers to choose the ones to participate in.  ...  We also present the case-studies on popular Citizen Science platforms, including our own CitizenGrid platform, developed as part of the CCL EU project, as well as Zooniverse, World Community Grid, CrowdCrafting  ...  INTRODUCTION In recent years, Citizen Science (CS) has opened new territories of scientific collaboration by involving the general public.  ... 
doi:10.15346/hc.v3i1.11 dblp:journals/hc/YadavD16 fatcat:ubm7trybwnaf5ahagwzns5sv74

Using Analytics for Community Monitoring and Support in Online Citizen Science Projects

Sven Manske, Julia Lorke, Peter Lemm, H. Ulrich Hoppe
2020 Zenodo  
In the context of the EU project CS Track, we have applied this methodology to the popular Zooniverse project Chimp&See, which is based on the analysis of wildlife camera recordings especially of chimpanzees  ...  The project has an explicit conservation goal (SDG 15 - Life on land) and has involved more than 5500 volunteers.  ...  Introductions and redirecting to specific experts Volunteer Moderator Scientist *Numbers are relative to the number of references per board Subordinate role of volunteers in the science board  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4091031 fatcat:rvzmaoh5pjfrbjrjkx5f4ufmam

Scaling up and rolling out through the Web

Niclas Hagen
2020 Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies  
The paper suggests that the mobilisation of individuals who participate and engage in science on the Zooniverse platform takes place through an epistemic culture that emphasises both authenticity and prospects  ...  In order to fulfil this purpose, this paper will use the crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse as a case study, as it constitutes the most prominent and established citizen science platform today.  ...  Acknowledgements The author would like to thank the editor and two anonymous referees who kindly reviewed the earlier version of this manuscript and provided valuable suggestions and comments.  ... 
doi:10.5324/njsts.v8i1.3320 fatcat:uckqbbuhzncjfeegby2mkrj6va

Muon Hunter: a Zooniverse project [article]

R. Bird, M. K. Daniel, H. Dickinson, Q. Feng, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, J. Jarvis, R. Mukherjee, R. Ong, I. Sadeh, D. Williams
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Citizen science represents an effective approach to sort through the large datasets efficiently and meet this challenge.  ...  Muon Hunter is a project hosted on the Zooniverse platform, wherein volunteers sort through pictures of data from the VERITAS cameras to identify muon ring images.  ...  Acknowledgments The authors gratefully acknowledge all the Muon Hunter volunteers who contributed to this effort without whom this work would not be possible.  ... 
arXiv:1802.08907v1 fatcat:d6fq4h7ljndxjkw6td57mdrzba
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