Doing Citizen Science
Hunting out meteor shower data in radio signals is one part of the Zooniverse offerings.
A year or so back I gave a talk at our local astronomy society about science projects people can do at home—called citizen science. This is distributed science and data analysis that takes people on explorations through data sets they never dreamed existed.
I’ve given that talk a few times, even on a cruise ship. I got cornered by a bunch of folks in the bar afterward with their laptops and iPads. They wanted the Web addresses of the citizen science projects I mentioned in my talk.
People do love science topics, and I know that we are all born scientists at heart. As kids, we experiment with all kinds of projects and behaviors. Somewhere in our lives, some of us get boosted to do science as careers. But, science isn’t just a job. It’s a continual exploration of the world around us. We’re all STILL scientists…if we want to be. Citizen science is a way to continue the passion for learning and exploring. It can happen at your computer or you may be able to work directly with scientists as many ...