Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mapping the Zooniverse

Google Maps Mania is a huge fan of citizen science pioneers Zooniverse. We are delighted to be able to congratulate them this week on reaching a staggering one million registered volunteers.

Citizen science is a very effective method by which scientists can exploit the power of the crowd to collect and analyse data. Zooniverse has been pioneering the use of citizen science on-line for a number of years and have developed almost 30 distinct citizen science projects. Two of these, Old Weather and Cyclone Center, have used the Google Maps API to help crowd-source the gathering of data from historical weather records.

To celebrate their one millionth registered user Zooniverse has released a heat map of registered users around the world. The Zonniverse User Map really helps to visualize the success of the citizen science project across the globe.

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