Galaxy Zoo: Outreach and Science Hand in Hand

Karen L. Masters
2012 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
Galaxy Zoo (www.galaxyzoo.org) is familiar to many as a hugely successful public engagement project. Hundreds of thousands of members of the public have contributed to Galaxy Zoo which collects visual classifications of galaxies in Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Hubble Space Telescope images. Galaxy Zoo has inspired a suite of similar Citizen Science projects known as "The Zooniverse" (www.zooniverse.org) which now has well over half a million participants. Galaxy Zoo has also shown itself, in a
more » ... eries of peer reviewed papers, to be a fantastic database for the study of galaxy evolution. 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 scientific output of the survey.
doi:10.1017/s1743921314012927 fatcat:i3sfh6ubrvexhbnjverdxt46la