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ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify. You don’t need any special expertise to take part – help is provided in our handy Field Guides – simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images. Your involvement will not only contribute to conservation but you’ll also get a window into the some of the world’s wildest places. What rare species will you find?
Our team of researchers, based at the University of Sheffield, are taking 3D scans of the bills of all of the world’s bird species from museum collections. The 3D scans are incredibly detailed but before we can use them they require a process called landmarking. Landmarking involves placing points on features of the bill that are common to all specimens. We can use the landmarks to mathematically describe the shape of bills so that we can compare and test how they differ among species. By landmarking our 3D images you can contribute to real science. The digitised data will help us to understand how and why the 10,000 species of birds diversified.
Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge. The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. As a digital library, BHL offers a range of volunteer opportunities for individuals to contribute their time and expertise from anywhere, any time.
Old Weather volunteers explore, mark, and transcribe historic ship's logs from the 19th and early 20th centuries. We need your help because this task is impossible for computers, due to diverse and idiosyncratic handwriting that only human beings can read and understand effectively. By participating in Old Weather you'll be helping advance research in multiple fields. Data about past weather and sea-ice conditions are vital for climate scientists, while historians value knowing about the course of a voyage and the events that transpired. Since many of these logs haven't been examined since they were originally filled in by a mariner long ago you might even discover something surprising.
Help scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) annotate aerial photographs with keyword tags to identify changes to the coast after extreme storms like Hurricanes Ike and Sandy. We need your eyes to help us understand how our coastlines are changing from extreme storms.
The Smithsonian Transcription Center seeks to engage the public in making our collections more accessible. We're working hand-in-hand with digital volunteers to transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite the learning in everyone. Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.
TNMCorps is an online crowdsourcing mapping project with volunteers successfully editing structures in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As part of The National Map, structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. By updating and verifying structures data, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
Cities at Night is a citizen science project that aims to create a map, similar to Google maps, of the earth at night using night time colour photographs taken by astronauts onboard the ISS.
Anyone can become an Astro Quester and help astronomers explore galaxies billions of light years away. You can do it ALL from the comfort of your lounge room. All you need is a computer or laptop and a connection to the internet. Inspecting these images will help Australian astronomers with their research into how galaxies grow and evolve.
To find the elusive particles , therefore, we are using an automated scanning microscope to automatically collect images of the entire Stardust interstellar collector at the Curatorial Facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston. We call these stacks of images focus movies. All in all there will be nearly a million such focus movies. These are available to Stardust@home users like you around the world. Together, you and thousands of other Stardust@home participants will find the first pristine interstellar dust particles ever brought to Earth. In recognition of the critical importance of the Stardust@home volunteers, the discoverer of an interstellar dust particle appears as a co-author on any scientific paper by the Stardust@home team announcing the discovery of the particle.
The small world of words project is a large-scale scientific study that aims to build a mental dictionary or lexicon in the major languages of the world and make this information widely available. You can help us to build a mental lexicon in your language! It takes just 5 minutes of your time.
Submit your photos that make you feel soothed and rate others in the gallery. These images will then be combined into a large bank of photos for use in future research and psychological therapies.
Your child’s smart diary. Track and record your child's developmental milestones.
Decipher our collections, discover hidden archives, and contribute to knowledge. Capture data from specimen and object labels to make it accessible for scientific and cultural research. Transcribe text and capture data from historical documents to make them digitally accessible. Identify and tag images of animals and collection objects to support information discovery and research.
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.