What is it? A collection of research projects ranging from analyzing whale songs to transcribing ships’ logs from U. S. Navy and Coast Guard ships for weather data. Each project often involves sifting through so much data that it would take one organization working alone years to analyze. By having many people across the country working simultaneously, scientists are able to use the data to inform research much more quickly.
Who sponsors it? Citizen Science Alliance
What do volunteers do? Projects mainly involve analyzing or transcribing small amounts of data using a computer and the internet. (For example, viewing photographs of the surface of Mars and outlining the shape of dust deposits to help determine weather patterns.)
Time commitment: Flexible: One time participation or commitment over time to one or several projects.
Kid friendly? Yes
Time of year? Any
Photo credit: http://www.milkywayproject.org