Your Computer Can Volunteer, Too

By: Caitlin Larkin You probably remember when the Ebola virus became news in 2014, after it killed thousands of people. Erica Ollmann Saphire (pictured above), a structural biologist at The Scripps Research Institute, and one of the world’s foremost experts on Ebola, understood the molecular structure of the disease—and she knew its weak spots. She … Read more “Your Computer Can Volunteer, Too”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Guest Contributor, Health

Mobilize hundreds of years of biodiversity information with WeDigBio!

By: Dr. Libby Ellwood Each year, millions of people flock to natural history museums to see examples of plants, animals, gemstones and more from places around the world. But what those visitors don’t get to see are the countless additional specimens behind the scenes. These specimen collections, housed at museums, universities, and other institutions, are … Read more “Mobilize hundreds of years of biodiversity information with WeDigBio!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Project Profile

Capturing the Total Solar Eclipse, One Photo at a Time

By: Alexei V. Filippenko and Hugh Hudson On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will trace a shadow over a narrow band of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.  And if you own a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera*, you can become a part of scientific history by joining hundreds of other photographers … Read more “Capturing the Total Solar Eclipse, One Photo at a Time”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Project Profile

New Hope for Autoimmune Disease Treatment with Citizen Science

Nearly 50 million Americans live with one or more of 80 recognized autoimmune disorders, conditions in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells or tissues. Though widespread, the search for treatments for these conditions can be convoluted and frustrating. Autoimmune Citizen Science founder Vivek Mandan experienced this frustration first-hand as he struggled to deal … Read more “New Hope for Autoimmune Disease Treatment with Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Project Profile

iSeeChange: documenting the weather around us

From shoveling the third heavy snowfall of winter to spotting the first crocus of spring, each day without fail we experience our environment. Meaning each of us is a potential wealth of information about our local environment. Information that if gathered could inform climate scientists about the local effects and potential indicators of climate change. … Read more “iSeeChange: documenting the weather around us”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors

What’s the Score?

The hills are alive with the sound of citizen science (and music)! Calling all music enthusiasts–the Bodleian Libraries are enlisting the help of the public in order to improve access to their music collections. About sixty-four boxes filled with unbound, uncatalogued sheet music from the mid-Victorian period has been digitized for public access. Although this … Read more “What’s the Score?”

Categories: Archeology, Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Do-It-Yourself, libraries