List of citizen science projects

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Citizen science projects are activities sponsored by a wide variety of organizations so non-scientists can meaningfully contribute to scientific research. Activities vary widely from transcribing old ship logbooks to digitize 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] It can also be more in depth, such as when citizens collect water quality data over time to assess the health of local waters, or help discover and name new species of insects.[4][5] An emerging branch of Citizen Science are Community Mapping projects that utilize smartphone and tablet technology. For example, TurtleSAT[6] is a community mapping project that is mapping freshwater turtle deaths throughout Australia.

This list of citizen science projects involves projects that engage all age groups. There are projects specifically aimed at the younger age demographic like iTechExplorers[7] which was created by a 14 year old in the UK to assess the effects of bedtime technology on the body's circadian rhythm and can be completed in a classroom setting. Other projects like AgeGuess[8] focus on the senior demographics and enable the elderly to upload photos of themselves so the public can guess different ages.

Lists of citizen science projects may change. For example, the Old Weather project website indicates that as of January 10, 2015, 51% of the logs were completed.[9] When that project reaches 100 percent, it will move to the completed list.

There are more than 3,000 active and searchable global citizen science projects listed on the SciStarter website.[10]

Active citizen science projects[edit]

Project name Discipline(s) Sponsoring organization(s) Area Began
Jovian Vortex Hunter Astronomy NASA, Southwest Research Institute, Zooniverse Worldwide 2022
Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain History University of Colorado, Zooniverse, University of Madrid, European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, Worldwide 2023
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring at Elkhorn Slough Water Quality, Environment NOAA, California Fish and Wildlife, Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Monterey County Consolidated Chemistry Lab, Zooniverse Worldwide, California 2023
Cloudspotting On Mars Astronomy, Planetary Research, Weather, NASA, Zooniverse Worldwide 2022
Fishing For Jellyfish Galaxies Astronomy, Galactic Research, Astrophysics Zooniverse Worldwide 2023
Are we alone in the universe? Astronomy, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Astrobiology, Radio Astronomy UCLA SETI, The Planetary Society, NASA, Exoplanet Research Program, Zooniverse Worldwide 2023
Genome Detectives Biology, Health, Genomes, Disease, Antibiotics, Infections University of Oxford, Zooniverse, Wellcome Trust Worldwide 2020
People's Contest Digital Archive History, American Civil War Zooniverse, Pennsylvania State University, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Albright College Worldwide 2022
Alpine Weather News Meteorology, Climate Change Zooniverse Worldwide 2023
Name that Neutrino! Astronomy Zooniverse, Drexel University, IceCube Neutrino Observatory Worldwide 2023
Adventurers for Audible Bats! Wildlife Biology Oregon State University Cascades, National Park Service Oregon, US 2019
Project PANOPTES Astronomy NASA's Universe of Learning Worldwide 2010
Muon Hunters Astronomy NSF, Asterics Worldwide 2017
Zwicky's Quirky Transients Astronomy Zwicky Transient Facility Worldwide 2019
COSMIC Astronomy JPL Worldwide 2019
Local Group Cluster Search Astronomy Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury, Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History, Northwestern University Worldwide 2019
Planet Hunters Astronomy Zooniverse, Yale University Worldwide 2012(?)
SuperWASP Variable Stars Astronomy Asterics Worldwide 2018
Variable Star Zoo Astronomy Instituto Milenio de Astrofíscia Worldwide 2018
Protect Our Planet From Solar Storms Astronomy University of Reading, Science Museum Worldwide 2018
Space Warps Astronomy Zooniverse Worldwide 2015(?)
Solar Stormwatch Astronomy University of Reading Worldwide 2009
Exoplanet Explorers Astronomy BBC Stargazing Live Worldwide 2017
Astronomy Rewind Astronomy, History AAS, ADS All Sky Survey, Harvard, Adler Planetarium, NASA Worldwide 2017
Gravity Spy Astronomy LIGO Scientific Collaboration, California State University Fullerton, NSF, Northwestern University, Syracuse University Worldwide 2016
Kilonova-catcher Astronomy GRANDMA collaboration, University of Paris (2019), Paris-Saclay University Worldwide 2018
Radio Meteor Zoo Astronomy European Citizen Science Association Worldwide 2016
Milky Way Project Astronomy Adler Planetarium, University of Oxford, NSF, Cal Poly Pomona Worldwide 2010
Vigie-Cratère Astronomy National Museum of Natural History, France, University of Paris, CNRS, IRD, Paris Observatory, Grenoble Alpes University, Universcience, the Pythéas Institute, and the Natural History Museum Vienna Worldwide
Backyard worlds: Planet 9 Astronomy NASA Worldwide 2017
RAD@home Astronomy RAD@home Collaboratory India 2013
AgeGuess Biology, Aging Center for Research and Interdiciplinarity, University of Southern Denmark Worldwide 2012
Agent Exoplanet Astronomy Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Goleta, CA, US
Air Quality Eggs Air Quality, Pollution, Climate Change, Health WickedDevices, LLC Ithaca, NY, US
Anecdata Air Quality,

Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Lepidopterology, Ornithology, Phenology, Water Quality, Zoology

MDI Biological Laboratory Worldwide 2013
FrogWatch USA Herpetology, Ecology Association of Zoos and Aquariums US
FrogWatch Canada Herpetology, Ecology Nature Canada Canada
Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Herpetology, Ecology Department of Environmental Conservation, NY, US New York, US
Aquila Project Environmental Science West Kimberley Rubber Vine Eradication Program Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia 2010
Argosentinel - Argomarine Seas, Pollution FP7 Europe Italy, Portugal, Norway, Greece 2009
ARTigo Art history, Computer science Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany Worldwide 2007
ARCS (Arenas for Co-operation through citizen science) All Fields of Science University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University and the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science). Sweden 2018
Artportalen (Swedish Species Observation System) Biology, biodiversity, species distribution, Mapping Swedish Species Information Centre / Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Sweden 1999
Artsobservasjoner Botany, Mycology, Phenology, Species distribution, Zoology Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, Norway Norway 2008
Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Planetary astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011
Asteroid Zoo Planetary astronomy Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 24 June 2014
Atlas of Australian Birds Ornithology BirdLife Australia Australia 1973
AppEAR Ecology, limnology, water quality Argentina 2015
Audubon Christmas Bird Count Ornithology National Audubon Society Western Hemisphere 1900
Aurorasaurus Space Physics, Aurora National Science Foundation Worldwide 2014
Aussie Backyard Bird Count Ornithology BirdLife Australia Australia 2014
B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network Cetology Vancouver Aquarium, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Canada (British Columbia) 1999
Backyard Bark Beetles Entomology, Invasive Species Forest Entomology lab at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL US 2014
Bauhinia Genome Biology, Environmental science Community Hong Kong 2015[11]
BeeSpotter Entomology University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign US (IL, IN, MO, OH) 2007
Big Bug Hunt Entomology GrowVeg, University of York, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK US, UK 2016
Big Butterfly Count Lepidopterology, Entomology Butterfly Conservation UK 2010
Big Garden Birdwatch Ornithology, Conservation, Ecology Royal Society for the Protection of Birds UK 1979
Big Moss Map Botany, Climatology, Peatlands Moors for the Future UK 2015
BinSYS Project Mathematics ELTE, SZTAKI Hungary 2005
BioBotz, TTA Biology, Ecology Bangladesh
BioDiversity Heritage Library Flickr Image Tagging Taxonomy, Ornithology, Entomology, Zoology, Botany Biodiversity Heritage Library Worldwide
BioNote Biology, Botany, Zoology, Biogeography, Taxonomy BioNote, University of Gothenburg, Climate-KIC, European Research Council Worldwide 2016
BioRiiDL Biology, Environmental science Community India
Birdcount India Ornithology, Biology, Ecology, Conservation Bird Count India partnership India 2019
Bird Conservation Society of Thailand Ornithology, Biology, Ecology, Conservation BirdLife International Thailand 1993[12]
BirdSleuth K–12[note 2] Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology US 2004
Birds and Windows Project Ornithology, Conservation, Ecology University of Alberta Canada 2013
Birds-Windows Collisions Project Costa Rica Ornithology, Conservation, Ecology Costa Rica Distance Learning University UNED Costa Rica 2013
Brooklyn Atlantis Water Quality, Pollution, Wildlife, Robotics New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering US 2012
Project BudBurst Plant Phenology Chicago Botanic Garden, National Science Foundation US 2007
Budworm Tracker Program Insect Research John Hughs Forestry Center Fredericton NB, Maine US 2015
BugGuide Entomology, Arthropods Iowa State University US, Canada 2003
Bumble Bee Watch Entomology Xerces Society, University of Ottawa, Wildlife Preservation Canada, Natural History Museum, London, BeeSpotter, Montréal Insectarium Canada, US 2014
Brushturkeys - Birds of Suburbia Ornithology, City Ecology University of Sydney, SPOTTERON Collaboration Australia 2018
Canadian National Wildlife Disease Surveillance Wildlife, Health Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative Canada 1992
CanAirIO Air Quality, Pollution, Climate Change, OpenData, Health CanAirIO community, Cos4Cloud - Co-designing Citizen Observatories Services for the European Open Science Cloud, Trébola Organización Ecológica, CanAirIO Developers Colombia 2018
Canberra Nature Map Wildlife NatureMapr Australia 2013
Cape Citizen Science Biology, Botany, Plant Disease University of Pretoria South Africa 2015
Celebrate Urban Birds Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology US
Cicada Watch: Brood II[13] Entomology National Geographic Society Northeastern America 2013
Cidadão Cientista Environmental science Save Brasil Brazil 2004
Ciudadanos Cientifícos Environmental science SIATA Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá
Citclops / EyeOnWater Environmental science European Commission Worldwide 2012
EyeOnWater Australia Water Colour, Water Quality, Environmental science CSIRO Australia 2017
Cities at night[14] Light pollution Complutense University of Madrid and Crowdsourced Worldwide 2014
Citizen Seismology Seismology European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre Bruyères-le-Châtel, France
Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) Meteorology, climatology, hydrology National Weather Service (NWS) US
Ciudadanos Cientifícos Air Quality, Air Pollution, Meteorology Área metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá [es] SIATA Valle de Aburrá - Colombia 2015
City Nature Challenge Biology, environmental science California Academy of Sciences, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and local organizations in each city area Worldwide 2017
Clean Air Myanmar Climatology Myanmar 2018
Climatological observers link Climatology UK 1970
Clumpy Biology, Botany University of Exeter Worldwide 2012
Cochrane Crowd Health, Medicine, Evidence based medicine Cochrane Worldwide 2016
Condor Watch Ornithology, Conservation Zooniverse collaboration California 2014
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network Meteorology, Climatology Colorado State University US, Canada 1998
Cooperative Observer Program Meteorology, Climatology National Weather Service US 1890
Community Snow Observations (CSO)[15] Cryospheric science, hydrology, atmospheric science (meteorology and climatology) NASA US 2017[16]
CoralWatch Coral health University of Queensland Australia 2002[17]
Crowdcrafting Biology, Physics, Economy, Social, Medicine, Art, Humanities, Ecology, Conservation SciFabric Worldwide 2011
CrowdWater Hydrology University of Zurich, Switzerland Worldwide 2017
CyanoTracker Algal Bloom, Water Quality University of Georgia Worldwide 2014
Darwin's Ark Genomics, Health Broad Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worldwide 2016
Did You Feel It? Seismology United States Geological Survey Worldwide
Digital Access to a Sky Century @ Harvard Astronomy Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian US 2001
DigiVol Entomology, Malacology, Minerals, Archives Australian Museum and Atlas of Living Australia Australia 2011
Disk Detective Astronomy NASA, Zooniverse Worldwide 2014
Diver Safety Guardian Decompression physiology Divers Alert Network Europe and Divers Alert Network Southern Africa Europe and Africa 1994
DIY BIO Hong Kong Biology, Environmental Science Community Hong Kong 2017
Doing It Together Science DITOs Biodesign, Environmental Sustainability, Policy UCL, RBINS, UPD, Waag Society, ECSA, Medialab Prado, Kersnikova Institute, Meritum, UNIGE, Tekiu, eutema Europe 2016
Dog Aging Project Aging, Biology, Health University of Washington, Texas A&M University, National Institute on Aging US 2019
DrugsFromDirt Ecology, Biology, Genetics Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules, The Rockefeller University US 2017
eBird Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society Worldwide 2002
eButterfly Lepidopterology, Entomology University of Ottawa, Oregon State University, Vermont Center for Ecostudies US, Canada 2010
echidnaCSI Conservation, Ecology, Biology, Genetics University of Adelaide Australia 2017
EDDMapS Tracking invasive species, Biology, Botany, Entomology, Wildlife University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. US, Canada 2005
eOceans Marine Ecology, Marine Debris, Ornithology, Climate Change Private Worldwide 2014
eShark Marine Ecology, Marine Management, Tourism Crowd-sourced Worldwide 2005
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
Floating Forests Kelp, Marine Science University of Massachusetts Boston, UCLA, Cal State Monterey Bay US 2014
Floodcrowd Floods Loughborough University UK 2015
Flying ant survey Biology, Entomology, Wildlife Society of Biology, University of Gloucestershire UK 2012
Foldit Biology, protein University of Washington Worldwide 2008
Fossil Atmospheres[18] Biology, paleontology, climate change Smithsonian Institution Worldwide 2016
Fraxinus Genetics Sainsbury Laboratory, BBSRC, DEFRA Worldwide 2013
FreshWater Watch Environmental science Earthwatch Worldwide 2012
Frog Watch Biology, Environmental Science, Herpetology Community India
Galaxy Explorer Astronomy National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2015
Galaxy Zoo Astronomy Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 2007
Garden Wildlife Health Conservation, Veterinary Zoological Society of London, British Trust for Ornithology, Froglife, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds UK 2013
Geo-Wiki Land cover validation IIASA Worldwide 2008
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Water Quality Georgia, US 1995
GeoTag-X Disaster risk reduction United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNOSAT, Citizen Cyberlab, Seventh Framework Programme Worldwide 2012
Globe at Night Astronomy, Light Pollution National Optical Astronomy Observatory, CADIAS, International Dark-Sky Association Worldwide
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Ornithology, Migration, Phenology, Population Change Golden Gate Natl Parks Conservancy Pacific States 1984
Great Backyard Bird Count Ornithology National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Worldwide
Great Cocky Count Ornithology Birdlife Australia Western Australia 2009
Great World Wide Star Count Astronomy Windows to the Universe, National Earth Science Teachers Association Worldwide
Genographic Project Population genetics National Geographic Society, IBM Worldwide 2005
Go Viral Study Infectious Disease National Science Foundation, OpenHumans, New York University US 2013
Habitat Network Conservation, Ornithology, Wildlife The Nature Conservancy and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology North America 2012
Hare Survey Biology, Wildlife Moors for the Future Partnership UK 2015
Hazelnut Project, The Botany, Agronomy Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium (Arbor Day Foundation, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Rutgers and Oregon State) US 2000
Herbarium@home Botany Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland UK 2006
Herbonauten (Pilot) Botany, Natural History Verein der Freunde des Botanischen Gartens und Botanischen Museums Berlin-Dahlem Worldwide (Germany) 2016
Herpetological Education and Research Project Herpetology HERP Board of Trustees North America 2007
HerpMapper Herpetology, Ecology, Citizen Science, Conservation, Phenology, Research HerpMapper Advisory Committee Worldwide 2013
Hidden World of Bacteria[19] Microbiology, Taxonomy Sparkling Science,[20] University of Innsbruck Austria 2017
Higgs Hunters Physics, Particle Physics Higgs Hunters Classify Worldwide 2014
Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Biology, Ecology Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Hong Kong 1957
Hong Kong Entomological Society Biology, Ecology, Entomology Hong Kong Entomological Society Hong Kong 2008
Hong Kong Jellyfish Project Conservation, Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology Hong Kong 2020
Hummingbirds at Home Ornithology National Audubon Society US 2013
Hummingbird Migration Tracker Ornithology US 2010
IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Water Quality University of Idaho US 2010
Identify animals Conservation Biology Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand 2015
ISeeChange Meteorology, Climatology, Remote Sensing, Phenology, Ecology, Citizen Journalism ISeeChange Worldwide 2012
IceWatchUSA[21] Phenology Nature Abounds US
iNaturalist Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Lepidopterology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology California Academy of Sciences Worldwide 2008
India Biodiversity Portal Computer Science, Biology, Environmental Science Prabhakar / Thomas Vattakaven India
Instant Wild Wildlife, Ecology, Species Diversity, Conservation, Zoology Zoological Society of London Worldwide 2011
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 Worldwide 2013
iSpot Nature The Open University Worldwide 2009
iTech Explorers[7] Psychology, Biology, Evidence based medicine, Health Community Worldwide 2019
Kelab Alami Ecology, Mangroves, Biodiversity Community Malaysia 2009[22]
Kinsey Reporter[23] Sex and Attraction The Kinsey Institute Worldwide 2012[24]
Koala Count Wildlife NatureMapr Australia 2014
Landscape Watch Hampshire Environmental science, Geography Crowdsourcing Landscape Change Consortium Hampshire, UK 2015
Landslide Reporter[25] Natural hazards, Environmental science, Geography NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Worldwide 2018
Lingscape Linguistic landscape, Sociolinguistics University of Luxembourg Worldwide 2016
Literati Environmental Science, Pollution, Human Impact, Biology Worldwide first photo 2012; app debut 2016
Litterbug (Dreckspotz) Environmental Science, Pollution, Human Impact, Resources Global 2000, Friends of Earth, SPOTTERON Collaboration Europe 2017
Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network Environmental change, Climate change impacts, Ecology, Human well-being, Knowledge integration Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, US Environmental Protection Agency, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, First Nations Health Authority Worldwide 2012
Loss of the Night app[26] Astronomy, Ecology, Remote Sensing Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany), Freie Universität Berlin, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Germany 2013
Massachusetts Herpetological Atlas Herpetology University of Massachusetts Amherst US 1992
MammalMAP Mammal Conservation Animal Demography Unit, Marine Research Institute Africa 2012
MangroveWatch Wetlands, Monitoring, Mangrove, Conservation, Ecology James Cook University, The University of Queensland, Australian Government National Landcare Programme, TropWATER], The Burnett Mary Regional Group, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, OceanWatch Australia Ltd, Earth Protect Worldwide 2009
Manta Matcher - The Wildbook for Manta Rays Marine Ecology, Conservation Biology, Ecology Wild Me, Marine Megafauna Foundation Worldwide 2012
MapIt Environmental Science, Pollution, Biology, Trash Blindness, Cartography, Human geography Microsoft, Carto, QUALITANCE, Republic of Estonia Ministry of Environment, ISGF, JCI, AIESEC, Let's Do It Foundation Worldwide World Cleanup app launch 2017; MapIt campaign launch April 2018
Marine Metres Squared Marine Ecology, Conservation Biology New Zealand Marine Studies Centre New Zealand
Mark2Cure Biomedical research The Su Lab at Scripps Research Institute US (CA) 2012, launch 2015
MeteorITo Meteorological phenomena Hacedores Mexico 2017
Michigan Herp Atlas Project Herpetology Michigan Department of Natural Resources US (MI) 2004
MICS Impact of citizen science European Commission Worldwide 2019
Mitten Crab Recording Project Marine Biology, Invasive Species Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom UK
Monarch Health Entomology, Lepidopterology University of Georgia Canada, US
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Entomology, Lepidopterology University of Minnesota Canada, US
Monarch Watch Entomology, Lepidopterology University of Kansas Canada, US 1992
Moon Mappers
  • Simply craters
  • Man vs machine
Planetary astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011
Mosquito Alert Entomology, Ecology, Public Health Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and Center for Advance Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) Spain 2013
Mozak Neuroscience Center for Game Science Worldwide 2016
National Moth Week (NMW) Entomology Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission Worldwide 2012
Nature's Calendar Phenology Woodland Trust UK
Nature's Calendar Phenology Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), SPOTTERON Collaboration Europe 2018
Nature's Notebook Phenology USA National Phenology Network US 2009
  • FrogWatch
  • IceWatch
  • PlantWatch
  • WormWatch
Ecology, Phenology, Herpetology Nature Canada Canada
NatureWatch NZ Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology New Zealand Bio-Diversity Recording Network Trust New Zealand 2006 (as NZBRN)
Natusfera Biodiversity Spanish GBIF node, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), FECyT Europe 2016
Neighborhood Nestwatch Ornithology Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, SI US
NestWatch Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology Americas 2008[note 3]
North American Field Herping Association Herpetology North American field herping community North America 2007
North American Bird Phenology Program Ornithology United States Geological Survey North America 2008
Notes from Nature Botany, Entomology, Ornithology, Mycology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Lepidopterology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology Worldwide
Odonata Central Odonata North America 2004
Old Weather[1] Climatology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide
Ontario BioBlitz Botany, Ecology, Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Lepidopterology, Ornithology Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Nature, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Canada (Ontario) 2012
Ontario Butterfly Atlas Online Lepidopterology, Entomology Toronto Entomologists’ Association Canada (Ontario) 1969
Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Herpetology Ontario Nature, Ministry of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC) Canada (Ontario)
Operation Wallacea Biodiversity Worldwide UK 1996
Orca Game Bioacoustics Orchive Worldwide 2013
Orchids:Terrestrial Spiranthes in an Urban Environment Urban Conservation Hoyt Arboretum Portland, OR 2014
Ornitho Deutschland Ornithology Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten [de] Austria, France (part), Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Spain (part), Switzerland October 2011
OSDG Community platform Sustainable Development Goals, Machine Learning OSDG, UNDP IICPSD SDG AI Lab, PPMI Worldwide 2021
Painted Lady Migration Project[27] Lepidopterology Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, National Geographic, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, British Ecological Society, Barcelona zoo, Harvard University, Zerynthia Association Worldwide
PARS (Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey) Biology, Marine biology, Environmental protection MACHAC Pennsylvania, US
Penguin Watch Ornithology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide
Pieris Project Lepidopterology, Entomology Worldwide 2014
Pl@ntNet Botany Inra Inria Worldwide 2008
Pilzfinder Mycology Austrian Mycology Society, University of Vienna, SPOTTERON collaboration Europe 2019
Planet Mappers: Mercury Planetary astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011
Plankton Project Marine biology, Zoology Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 2013
Portland Urban Coyote Project Ecology, Geography, Zoology, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Mapping Portland State University Portland, Oregon 2011
PressureNET Meteorology, Climatology Cumulonimbus Inc. Worldwide 2011
Project Roadkill Ecology, Road Safety University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Worldwide 2014
Project Splatter (Now The Road Lab) Ecology, Conservation Cardiff University UK 2013
Project Discovery I. Biology, Cellular biology Human Protein Atlas (KTH), CCP Games, MMOS Worldwide 2016
Project Discovery II. Astronomy University of Geneva, CCP Games, MMOS Worldwide 2017
Project Dive Exploration (PDE) Decompression research Divers Alert Network North America
Project Soothe Clinical psychology, Psychotherapy University of Edinburgh Worldwide 2014
Public Lab Ecology, environmental science The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science US 2010
PurpleAir Air quality, environmental science Worldwide 2015
Quantum Moves[28] Quantum physics, Quantum mechanics CODER, Aarhus University Worldwide 2013
Radio Galaxy Zoo Radio Astronomy Zooniverse Worldwide December 2013
Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping Project) Marine Ecology, Species distribution, Climate Change Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania Australia 2009
Redmet Environmental Meteorological Network Hacedores Mexico 2017
Reading Nature's Library Manchester Museum, University of Manchester UK
Reef Life Survey (RLS) Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania Australia
Reef Check Med Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Environmental Science, Global change, Human impact on marine life Reef Check Italia, Reef Check Deutschland, Reef Check France, Reef Check worldwide foundation Mediterranean Sea 2016
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) Marine conservation, Marine biology Non-profit organization Key Largo, FL (worldwide) 1990
Report-a-weed Biodiversity British Columbia government Canada unknown
Roadkill Biodiversity, transportation University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, SPOTTERON Collaboration Worldwide 2015
SatCam Meteorology University of Wisconsin–Madison Worldwide
Science Gossip Biodiversity Heritage Library Biodiversity, libraries, art Zooniverse collaboration Worldwide 2015
Safecast Ionizing radiation, Air Quality Momoko Ito Foundation Worldwide 2011
SciStarter All Fields of Science Research affiliate Arizona State University Worldwide 2011
SeagrassSpotter Seagrass Project Seagrass Worldwide - Marine 2016
Secchi Disk Phytoplankton Secchi Disk Project Worldwide - Marine 2013
Sensafety Urbanism, Urban studies Technische Universität Berlin Worldwide 2019
Sensing the Air Biology Israel
Sensor.Community Air quality, Noise Worldwide 2015
SETI@home Astronomy University of California, Berkeley Worldwide 1999
Sharkbook / Sharkbook Conservation, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology Marine Megafauna Foundation, Wild Me Worldwide 2012(?)
The Shore Thing Project Biology, Marine Biology, Invasive Species, Climate Change Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom UK 2006
Smart Citizen Kit 2.1 Air quality, Noise, Pollution Worldwide
Smithsonian Transcription Center Astronomy, Botany, Entomology Smithsonian Institution US 2014
Snowtweets[29] Meteorology University of Waterloo Canada
Socientize Life sciences mainly European Commission Worldwide 2012
Speak to AI Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Linguistics University of California, Irvine Worldwide 2018
SPLASSH Water Quality, Pollution Kennesaw State University Worldwide 2013
Species Observations System Botany, Entomology, Ecology, Ornithology, Phenology, Zoology Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre, Norwegian Biodiversity Network Norway 2008
Stall Catchers Biomedical, Alzheimer's, A game to accelerate Alzheimer's research Worldwide 2015
Striped AmBASSadors Fisheries, Conservation, Ecology Striped Bass Research Team, Acadia University NS, Canada 2010
Taiwan Roadkill Observation Network[30] Engineering, Environmental Science, Ecology Lusheng Society Taiwan 2019
Taiwan Breeding Bird Survey Biology, Life Science, Ecology The Bird Breeding Survey of Taiwan Taiwan 2019
Target Asteroids! Planetary astronomy OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission Worldwide 2012
Target NEOs! Planetary astronomy The Astronomical League US 2012
Taxon expeditions Biodiversity, Ecology Taxon Expeditions Borneo, Montenegro 2017
Teatime4Science Botany, Climate change, Ecology, Pedology The TBI team, Utrecht University Worldwide 2016
The Road Lab (Formally Project Splatter) Ecology, Conservation Cardiff University UK 2013
theSkyNet Astronomy, Computing International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Worldwide 2011
TooLoud[31] Computing, Physics Community Bangladesh
Track a Tree Botany, Ecology, Phenology University of Edinburgh and the Woodland Trust UK 2014
Track My Fish Fisheries, Ecology, Tagging Striped Bass Research Team, Acadia University Canada 2012
TreeSnap Forestry, Invasive Species, Botany University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee US 2017
Turtle Survey and Analysis Tools (TurtleSAT) Herpetology University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney Australia 2014
UBiome[32] Microbiology uBiome US
URwatair Air Quality, Air Pollution, Hydrology Elliniki Etairia (Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage - Thessalonik Branch), in collaboration with

(a) Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering (Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece),

(b) Environmental Informatics Research Group (Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Greece 2019–2020
VerbCorner Linguistics Massachusetts Institute of Technology Worldwide 2013
VT Fish Diaries Fisheries US (VT) 2015
Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas Herpetology US (VT) 1995
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs (thousands) Water Quality US 1969–present
Water Action Volunteers Water Quality University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources US (WI) 1996
Weather Detective Climatology, Meteorology National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2014
What Do Birds Eat? Ornithology University of Delaware US 2015
Whistler Biodiversity Project Biodiversity Whistler Biodiversity Project Canada 2004
Wikispecies Biodiversity Wikimedia Foundation Worldwide 2004
Wildbook Wildlife, Population ecology, Mark-recapture Wild Me Worldwide 2001 Wildlife WildlifeLog Community Interest Company Worldwide 2014 Conservation Bangladesh 2018
Wildsense Tigers Wildlife The Wildsense Project, University of Surrey Worldwide 2015
Wisconsin Odonata Survey Odonata, Biology Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources US (WI)
Wombat Survey and Analysis Tools (WomSAT) Mammalogy Australia 2015
Stardust@Home Astronomy University of California, Berkeley Worldwide 2006
Yellowhammer Dialects Ornithology Charles University in Prague UK, New Zealand 2013
Wakame Watch Marine Biology, Invasive Species Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom UK 2014
Wildlife Spotter Ecology National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2016
SeasonWatch Botany, Ecology Nature Conservation Foundation India 2014
Zikathon / Mosquito Alert Biology, Environmental Science Hong Kong 2017

Completed or inactive projects[edit]

Project name Discipline(s) Sponsoring organization(s) Country (or region) Dates Notes
Hubble Asteroid Hunters Astronomy Zooniverse, ESA ESDC Worldwide 2019-2020[33] Research Paper, Zooniverse
BBC Lab UK Psychology BBC, BBC UK 2009–2013 See more at BBC Lab UK
Big Sleep Survey Sleep National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australia 2010 Big Sleep Survey
Birdhouse Network Ornithology Cornell Lab of Ornithology US 1997–2007 [note 3]
Citizen Sparrow Ornithology Bombay Natural History Society India 2012
eManta Marine Ecology Dalhousie University Worldwide 2012–2013
South Australia Great Koala Count 2 Ecology Discovery Circle, University of South Australia, University of Adelaide South Australia 2016
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]
Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Herpetology Natural History Society of Maryland, Inc., Maryland Department of Natural Resources US (MD) 2010–2014
Moon Mappers: Million crater challenge Planetary Astronomy[note 1] Worldwide 2011–2012 [note 6]
McMaster Postcard Project[34] Archives, Social Science, History William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University Library Canada 2015 McMaster Postcard Project
The Multi-tasking Test Cognitive science National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland Brain Institute Australia 2011 Multi-tasking Test
Peninsular Malaysia Butterfly Count Lepidoptery Museum of Zoology, University of Malaya Malaysia 2015 Results published[35]
Sound Check Australia Audiology National Science Week Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Acoustic Laboratories Australia 2012 Sound Check Australia

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  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.


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