List of citizen science projects

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Citizen science projects are activities sponsored by a wide variety of organizations so average people can meaningfully contribute to scientific research. Activities vary widely from transcribing old ship logbooks to digitalize the data as part of the Old Weather project to observing and counting birds at home or in the field for eBird.[1][2] Participation can be as simple as playing a computer game for a project called EyeWire that may help scientists learn more about retinal neurons.[3]

Lists of citizen science projects will change often. For example, the Old Weather project website indicates that as of February 18, 2013, 12% of the logs (19,604 pages) were completed.[4] When that project reaches 100 percent, it will move to the completed list.

Active citizen science projects[edit]

Project name Discipline(s) Sponsoring organization(s) Area Began Web site
AgeGuess Biology, Aging Center for Research and Interdiciplinarity, University of Southern Denmark Worldwide 2012 AgeGuess
Agent Exoplanet Astronomy Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Goleta, CA, USA Agent Exoplanet
Air Quality Eggs Air Quality, Pollution, Climate Change, Health WickedDevices, LLC Ithaca, NY, USA Air Quality Egg Project
Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Zoology, Ecology Department of Environmental Conservation, NY, USA New York, USA Woodland Pool Project
Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Planetary astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011 Vesta mappers
Audubon Christmas Bird Count Ornithology National Audubon Society Western Hemisphere 1900 Audubon Christmas Bird Count
B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network Cetology Vancouver Aquarium, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Canada (British Columbia) 1999
BirdSleuth K-12[note 2] Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology USA 2004
Brooklyn Atlantis Water Quality, Pollution, Wildlife, Robotics New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering USA 2012
Project BudBurst Plant Phenology, National Ecological Observatory Network, National Science Foundation USA 2007
BugGuide Entomology, Arthropods Iowa State University USA, Canada 2003
Bumble Bee Watch Entomology Xerces Society, University of Ottawa, Wildlife Preservation Canada, Natural History Museum, London, BeeSpotter, Montréal Insectarium Canada, USA 2014
Canadian National Wildlife Disease Surveillance Wildlife, Health Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative Canada 1992 Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative
Celebrate Urban Birds Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology USA
Cicada Watch: Brood II[5] Entomology National Geographic Society eastern North America 2013 official site
Facebook page
Cities at Night[6] Light pollution Complutense University of Madrid and Crowdsourced Global 2014 official site
Clumpy Biology, Botany University of Exeter Worldwide 2012
Condor Watch Ornithology, Conservation Zooniverse collaboration California 2014 Condor Watch
Cooperative Observer Program Meteorology, Climatology National Weather Service USA 1890 Cooperative Observer Program
eBird Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society Worldwide 2002
eButterfly Lepidopterology, Entomology University of Ottawa, Oregon State University, Vermont Center for Ecostudies USA, Canada 2010
EDDMapS Tracking invasive species, Biology, Botany, Entomology, Wildlife University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. USA, Canada 2005 Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System
eOceans Marine Ecology, Marine Debris, Ornithology, Climate Change, Private Global 2014 [1]
eShark Marine Ecology, Marine Management, Tourism Crowd-sourced Global 2005 [2]
EyeWire[3] Neuroscience MIT, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, NIH, HHMI, Max Planck Society Worldwide 2012
Explore the Seafloor Marine Science National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2013 Explore the Seafloor
Flying ant survey Biology, Entomology, Wildlife Society of Biology, University of Gloucestershire, UK 2012 [3]
Fraxinus Genetics Sainsbury Laboratory, BBSRC, DEFRA Worldwide 2013
FrogWatch USATM Conservation, Ecology Association of Zoos and Aquariums USA 1998
Galaxy Zoo Astronomy Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 2007 Galaxy Zoo
Garden Wildlife Health Conservation, Veterinary Zoological Society of London, British Trust for Ornithology, Froglife, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds UK 2013
Great Backyard Bird Count Ornithology National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Worldwide
Great World Wide Star Count Astronomy Windows to the Universe, National Earth Science Teachers Association Worldwide [4]
Genographic Project Population genetics National Geographic Society, IBM Worldwide 2005
Hazelnut Project, The Botany, Agronomy Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium (Arbor Day Foundation, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Rutgers and Oregon State) USA 2000
Herbarium@home Botany Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland UK 2006
Herpetological Education and Research Project Herpetology HERP Board of Trustees North America 2007 NAHERP
Hummingbirds at Home Ornithology National Audubon Society USA 2013 Hummingbirds at Home
Hummingbird Migration Tracker Ornithology USA 2010 Hummingbird Migration Tracker
IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Water Quality University of Idaho USA 2010 IDAH2O Master Water Stewards
IceWatchUSA[7] Phenology Nature Abounds USA
iNaturalist Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology iNaturalist US 2008
iSeahorse Ichthyology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Marine Conservation, Zoology Project Seahorse, Guylian Belgian Chocolate, iNaturalist, John G. Shedd Aquarium, The University of British Columbia, Zoological Society of London Global 2013
Kinsey Reporter[8] Sex and Attraction The Kinsey Institute Worldwide 2012[9]
Loss of the Night app[10] Astronomy, Ecology, Remote Sensing Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany), Freie Universität Berlin, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Germany 2013 app download site
Project page
MammalMAP Mammal Conservation Animal Demography Unit, Marine Research Institute Africa 2012 [5]
Monarch Health Entomology, Ecology University of Georgia Canada, USA Monarch Parasites
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Entomology, Ecology University of Minnesota Canada, USA Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Monarch Watch Entomology, Ecology University of Kansas Canada, USA 1992 In the Classroom
Moon Mappers
  • Simply craters
  • Man vs machine
Planetary astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011 Moon mappers
Nature's Calendar Phenology Woodland Trust UK
Nature's Notebook Phenology USA National Phenology Network USA 2009 Nature's Notebook
  • FrogWatch
  • IceWatch
  • PlantWatch
  • WormWatch
Ecology, Phenology Nature Canada Canada
NatureWatch NZ Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology New Zealand Bio-Diversity Recording Network Trust New Zealand 2006 (as NZBRN)
Neighborhood Nestwatch Ornithology Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, SI USA Neighborhood nestwatch
NestWatch Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology Americas 2008[note 3] NestWatch
North American Field Herping Association Herpetology North American field herping community North America 2007 NAFHA
North American Bird Phenology Program Ornithology United States Geological Survey North America 2008 [6]
Notes from Nature Botany, Entomology, Ornithology, Mycology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide
Old Weather[1] Climatology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide
Ontario Butterfly Atlas Online Lepidopterology, Entomology Toronto Entomologists’ Association Canada (Ontario) 1969 Ontario Butterfly Atlas Online
Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Herpetology Ontario Nature, Ministry of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC) Canada (Ontario) Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Program
Orca Game Bioacoustics Orchive Worldwide 2013
Planet Mappers: Mercury Planetary astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011 Mercury mappers
Plankton Project Marine biology, Zoology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 2013
Portland Urban Coyote Project Ecology, Geography, Zoology Portland State University Portland, Oregon 2011
Quantum Moves[11] Quantum physics, Quantum mechanics CODER, Aarhus University Worldwide 2013
Radio Galaxy Zoo Astronomy Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 2013 Radio Galaxy Zoo
Snowtweets[12] Meteorology University of Waterloo Canada
Species Observations System Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre, Norwegian Biodiversity Network Norway 2008
Target Asteroids! Planetary astronomy OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission Worldwide 2012 [7]
Target NEOs! Planetary astronomy The Astronomical League USA 2012 [8]
theSkyNet Astronomy, Computing International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Worldwide 2011
Track a Tree Botany, Ecology, Phenology University of Edinburgh and the Woodland Trust UK 2014 [9]
UBiome[13] Microbiology uBiome USA [10]
VerbCorner Linguistics Massachusetts Institute of Technology Worldwide 2013 [11]
Weather Detective Climatology, Meteorology National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2014 Weather Detective Wildlife WildlifeLog Comminity Interest Company Worldwide 2014
Stardust@Home Astronomy University of California, Berkeley Worldwide 2006 Conservation, Ornithology, Wildlife Cornell Lab of Ornithology North America 2013
Yellowhammer Dialects Ornithology Charles University in Prague UK, New Zealand 2013

Completed or inactive projects[edit]

Project name Discipline(s) Sponsoring organization(s) Country (or region) Dates Notes
Big Sleep Survey Sleep National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2010 Big Sleep Survey
Birdhouse Network Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology USA 1997 - 2007 [note 3]
eManta Marine Ecology Dalhousie University Global 2012-2013 [12]
House Finch Disease Survey Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology North America 1994 - 2011 [note 4]
Ice Investigators Astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011 - 2012 [note 5]
Moon Mappers: Million crater challenge Planetary Astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011 - 2012 [note 6]
The Multi-tasking Test Cognitive science National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland Brain Institute Australia 2011 Multi-tasking Test
Sound Check Australia Audiology National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Acoustic Laboratories Australia 2012 Sound Check Australia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e CosmoQuest is sponsored by NASA in partnership with the Astrosphere New Media Association, the STEM Center, UniverseToday, Astronomers without Borders, the Planetary Society, the Ward Beecher Planetarium, the Galileo Teachers Training Program, Swinburne Astronomy Online, Dark Skies, Bright Kids, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre and its member organizations, the Galileoscope Project and several NASA projects.
  2. ^ BirdSleuth is primarily for students from kindergarten through middle school.
  3. ^ a b Formerly The Birdhouse Network which only monitored nests in bird boxes and similar artificial cavities. NestWatch is a new project that collects observations of open nests as well.
  4. ^ Per the project website, this project was absorbed into the current FeederWatch project.
  5. ^ Formerly Ice Hunters, a project to identify potential targets in the Kuiper belt for the New Horizons spacecraft after it completes its mission to Pluto.
  6. ^ Over a million craters were identified and mapped in late 2012. As of March 2012, 1,207,486 craters have been identified and mapped by the Moon Mappers parent project that continues.


  1. ^ a b Mapes, Lynda V. (February 16, 2013). "Citizen scientists can be climate sleuths too". Seattle Times. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Jim (August 19, 2013). "Crowdsourcing, for the birds". New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Update: EyeWire". Scientific American. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "old Weather". Zooniverse. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Citizen Science: Cicada Watch". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Space Station Sharper Images of Earth at Night Crowdsourced For Science". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "More Science: IceWatch USA". Scientific American. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists". Scientific American. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kinsey Reporter: Free app allows public to anonymously report, share information on sexual behavior". Science Daily. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  10. ^ O'Hanlon, Larry (1 May 2013). "Turn Yourself into a Skyglow Meter". Discovery News. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Quantum Moves". Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  12. ^ snowtweets-project "More science: Snowtweets". Scientific American. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "uBiome". Retrieved 5 August 2013. 

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