Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I ran across the Zooniverse site completely by accident yesterday.  It's a portal into a series of web sites designed to allow ordinary citizens to help out on large science projects.  The general theme is to help sort through very large quantities of data that aren't amenable to computer analysis.  People are very good at detecting patterns, and a number of these web sites seek to exploit that with large numbers of human pattern-detectors.

For example, Planet Four (that would be Mars) is one of the sites is looking for people to help classify some odd features on the enormous collection of high-resolution photos taken by satellites whizzing around Mars.  There are so many of these photos that many of them have never been viewed by a human!

You have no excuse to be bored!

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