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« on: August 19, 2017, 03:52:50 pm »
Eclipse Citizen Science. But generally what does everyone think of the standards or execution of Citizen Science?
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2017, 11:33:21 am »
The data and methods will speak for themselves (once all the dumb humans finish arguing).

It will vary, you get amateur astronomers who are great. You need to know the equipment and the theory as well though.

A lot of science is just observation for instance it's citizen scientists who help with the pan evaporation experiments , although some countries have government funding for it too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_evaporation

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2017, 12:27:39 pm »
Well, I mean, I just linked the opening article because it was contemporary. But there many opportunities for citizen science - which seems open to interpretation. As you said, merchant, it's the quality and rigour of the data collected.

I just think there are... a wealth, to say the least, of out-of-work adults who have this or that academic training who - if there were perhaps ground rules in place - could be furthering humanity's collective knowledge bubble.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2017, 08:39:36 pm »
I'm still surprised at how it can be possible, but apparently Foldit has had some success https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foldit

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2017, 09:53:27 pm »
That's sweet

"In 2011, Foldit players helped decipher the crystal structure of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) retroviral protease, a monkey virus which causes human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), a scientific problem that had been unsolved for 15 years. While the puzzle was available for three weeks, players produced an accurate 3D model of the enzyme in only ten days"

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2017, 04:20:01 pm »
That's sweet

"In 2011, Foldit players helped decipher the crystal structure of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) retroviral protease, a monkey virus which causes human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), a scientific problem that had been unsolved for 15 years. While the puzzle was available for three weeks, players produced an accurate 3D model of the enzyme in only ten days"

That program has had decent success of the years, or those similar to it.
Folding Home, I think that was the name, was one that utilized PS3's that, instead of sleeping when shut down, users let them utilize processing power to do something similar. An early experiment in cloud computing, if nothing else.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017, 04:03:17 pm »
That's sweet

"In 2011, Foldit players helped decipher the crystal structure of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) retroviral protease, a monkey virus which causes human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), a scientific problem that had been unsolved for 15 years. While the puzzle was available for three weeks, players produced an accurate 3D model of the enzyme in only ten days"

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 01:35:14 pm »
I can't believe I forgot about Eyewire - and damn has Seung come into some money since I was turned onto that site.
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2017, 04:44:42 pm »
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2017, 01:39:04 pm »
Why Thousands of People Around the World Are Mapping Puerto Rico's Buildings and Streets - not sure this is actually the appropriate thread but for now.
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