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. Participation can be as simple as playing a computer game for a project called EyeWire that may help scientists learn more about retinal neurons.
Lists of citizen science projects will change often. For example, the Old Weather project website indicates that as of[update] February 18, 2013, 12% of the logs (19,604 pages) were completed. When that project reaches 100 percent, it will move to the completed list.
Active citizen science projects
Completed or inactive projects
|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|||
|House Finch Disease Survey||Ornithology||Cornell Lab of Ornithology||North America||1994 - 2011||[note 4]|
|Ice Investigators||Astronomy||CosmoQuest.org[note 1]||Worldwide||2011 - 2012||[note 5]|
|Moon Mappers: Million crater challenge||Planetary Astronomy||CosmoQuest.org[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|
- 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.
- BirdSleuth is primarily for students from kindergarten through middle school.
- 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.
- Per the project website, this project was absorbed into the current FeederWatch project.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mapes, Lynda V. (February 16, 2013). "Citizen scientists can be climate sleuths too". Seattle Times. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Robbins, Jim (August 19, 2013). "Crowdsourcing, for the birds". New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Update: EyeWire". Scientific American. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "old Weather". Zooniverse. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Citizen Science: Cicada Watch". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Space Station Sharper Images of Earth at Night Crowdsourced For Science". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "More Science: IceWatch USA". Scientific American. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists". Scientific American. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "Kinsey Reporter: Free app allows public to anonymously report, share information on sexual behavior". Science Daily. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- O'Hanlon, Larry (1 May 2013). "Turn Yourself into a Skyglow Meter". Discovery News. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Quantum Moves". Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- snowtweets-project "More science: Snowtweets". Scientific American. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "uBiome". Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- AgeGuess - help better understand human aging
- BBC Lab UK - take part in groundbreaking science
- Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center
- British Geological Survey - citizen science at BGS
- CitizenSci - PLOS blog
- Citizen Science - BBC Radio 4 Science
- Citizen Science Alliance
- Citizen Science Central
- Citizen Science Center
- Citizen Scientists League
- Citizen CyberScience Centre
- Citizens in Space
- ClicktoCure / Cell Slider - teaming Cancer Research UK & Zooniverse
- CoCoRaHS: Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- EyeWire Project
- Ibercivis Foundation
- Loss of the Night app
- Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
- National Geographic Education - Encyclopedic Entry: citizen science
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
- Operation RubyThroat
- Project Budburst
- Project Noah
- Redmap - Australians monitoring marine species its vast coastline
- Scientific American citizen science portal
- Science at Home - helping playing games building a quantum computer!
- Serious Leisure Perspective on amateur science
- Socientize: citizen science projects - EU fostering a common forum
- UKEOF: UK Environmental Observation Framework
- Wildlife Sightings - citizens serving biodiversity conservation efforts
- Wild Me - Wildlife data management software
- World Water Monitoring Day
- Zooniverse - Real Science Online