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Monday, January 29 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
SYMPOSIA-01: Tales from the Zooniverse: Resources and Tools for Project Leads and Volunteers

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AUTHORS. Laura Trouille, Zooniverse

ABSTRACT. Processing our increasingly large datasets poses a bottleneck for producing real scientific outcomes. Citizen science — engaging the public in research — provides a solution, particularly when coupled with machine learning algorithms. Zooniverse.org is the most widely used platform for online citizen science, with over 1.6 million volunteers worldwide and over 70 active projects across the disciplines resulting in over 120 peer-reviewed publications. Faced with a rapidly growing demand, Zooniverse launched its "Project Builder" which allows anyone to build their own crowd-sourced research project for free, using the Zooniverse infrastructure and tools. In this talk I will present the Project Builder interface, best practices for sustained engagement, and the resources and tools available to our citizen scientists to support them in their efforts. I will also briefly discuss our experiments integrating machine learning into the system, addressing the potential for tension when optimizing for both efficiency and engagement.

Monday January 29, 2018 3:40pm - 4:00pm CST