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Re: Zooniverse Beta Testing, New Projects, and Challenges
« Reply #120 on: December 07, 2017, 05:11:15 pm »
Weather Rescue - Update

Dear Weather Rescue citizen scientists,

3725 of you have helped successfully rescue around 1.5 million lost weather observations taken on the summit of Ben Nevis and in the town of Fort William between 1883 and 1904!

It took you less than 12 weeks. This is a wonderful demonstration of what citizen science can achieve, and it would not have been possible without you. Climate science has benefited from your dedication and this project has already inspired others to plan similar efforts in other countries.

Thank you!

But, this is not the end for Weather Rescue...

We have recently launched an ambitious project to rescue another set of lost weather observations, taken all across Europe in the early 20th century.

I know that some of you are already taking part, but if you have not heard about it, the project is discussed in this BBC article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42175307) which also shows some of the rescued Ben Nevis data!

If you have some spare time, please help us continue the Weather Rescue adventure: www.weatherrescue.org

Many thanks,

Ed Hawkins, project lead for Weather Rescue

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« Reply #121 on: December 13, 2017, 04:32:13 pm »
Floating Forests is back!

Hi there,

We're delighted to announce the relaunch of Floating Forests!

Our science team has assembled images of Giant Kelp forests around the planet over the last thirty-five years from the Landsat series of satellites. You've helped us figure out how we can use the power of citizen science to learn about these forests.

And now it's time to turn those lessons into some exciting action.

At Floating Forests, you'll help us look at satellite images and circle where you see kelp forests. We've rebuilt the entire project in Project Builder with a brand-new image processing pipeline so that we can see kelp like we've never been able to see it before. With the new site, we're exploring parts of the world where scientists have rarely been able to look. In our first season, we want to understand how kelp forests around the Falkland Islands which hang out on the Patagonian Shelf off of South America on the edge of the subantarctic and tundra zones. These forests, a breeding ground for squid, have received little attention because they're so remote, and we're hoping to learn how thirty years of environmental change have impacted somewhere that is comparatively quite pristine.

Future seasons will include looking at kelp living on the edge of climate change zones, kelps around cities, jaunts to the subantarctic islands, and more.

You can learn more at www.floatingforests.org/about/research or visit our blog at blog.floatingforests.org.

We look forward to seeing you at www.floatingforests.org!

-The Floating Forests Science Team

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Re: Zooniverse Beta Testing, New Projects, and Challenges
« Reply #122 on: December 20, 2017, 03:50:32 pm »
A brand new project needs your help today

Hi there,

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH, has launched Roll the Credits, a new Zooniverse project to catalog unseen content in their online archive.

The AAPB is coordinating a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 60 years. To date, over 50,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and almost 25,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.

As the story goes, every picture tells a story, but with Roll the Credits, we've extracted the beginning and ending frames of thousands of digitized public broadcasting programs that contain vital metadata needed for researchers? search and discovery, such as titles, dates, credits, and copyright statements.

Your help in classifying and transcribing this information is directly added to the AAPB catalogue, making these programs not only more accessible to researchers, but also helping the AAPB archivists identify gaps in their archive and develop plans to make it more comprehensive.

Travel the time-zones with us as AAPB releases historic, local public media programming each week!

Thanks for supporting AAPB's mission in preserving and making accessible historic content from public broadcasting stations across the United States. Know someone who might be interested? Feel free to share with the other transcribers and public media fans in your life!

Get involved right now at www.zooniverse.org/projects/sroosa/roll-the-credits.

Sincerely,

The AAPB and Zooniverse Teams



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Re: Zooniverse Beta Testing, New Projects, and Challenges
« Reply #123 on: December 20, 2017, 03:55:24 pm »
More supernovae waiting to be discovered!

Hi there,

A new batch of about 4750 images are now available to classify on Supernova Hunters.

I am currently reviewing 57 potential supernova candidates flagged by your classifications last week. The previous two weeks saw 36 new supernova candidates discovered. Unfortunately there was a bug in my code and submission of these to the TNS was delayed. This has been fixed and they have been added to the results page.

Get hunting right now for supernovae at www.zooniverse.org/projects/dwright04/supernova-hunters

Happy hunting!

Darryl and the Supernova Hunters Team

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Re: Zooniverse Beta Testing, New Projects, and Challenges
« Reply #124 on: December 20, 2017, 04:04:23 pm »
Help us test a potential new wildlife project

Hi there,

We need your help to test a potential new project - Interior Least Tern and Piping Plover Predators

What the researchers say: "Help us identify predators of threatened and endangered species that nest within the Central Platte River Basin in Nebraska."

Try it out now at www.zooniverse.org/projects/kaley13/interior-least-tern-and-piping-plover-predators and give us your feedback via this form https://goo.gl/forms/4iuB1oLXur2dpATf2 (which you can also reach by clicking the link on the project itself).

Your feedback is pivotal when deciding what changes need to be made to these projects, and whether they should be officially launched on the Zooniverse.

Thanks for all your help!

Grant & the Zooniverse Team

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Re: Zooniverse Beta Testing, New Projects, and Challenges
« Reply #125 on: January 11, 2018, 02:31:07 pm »
Please help us test a new transcription project

Hi there,
 
We still need your help to test a new transcription project - Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library. This is our second round of beta testing, so we're welcoming previous beta reviewers as well as brand-new ones! For a list of changes that were made between the first and second beta tests, check out this Talk post.

In this project, we're asking our volunteers to help transcribe Boston Public Library's collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications.
 
This is a custom project with brand-new tools, so we need your help to make sure everything is working as it should! Try it out now at www.antislaverymanuscripts.org and give us your feedback via the form linked in the top right of the project website.


Thanks for your help!

Sam & the Zooniverse Team

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« Reply #126 on: January 11, 2018, 02:36:35 pm »
Please help us test a potential new Zooniverse project

Hi there,

We need your help to test a potential new project - South Sudan DiversityCam.

What the researchers say: "South Sudan is the most spectacular place that I have ever worked - the tropical 'forgotten forests' are truly magical but in desperate need of protection".

Try it out now at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/southsudanwildlife/south-sudan-diversitycam and give us your feedback via this form https://goo.gl/forms/xVAVM5hgNdGz5uYs2 (which you can also reach by clicking the link on the project itself).

Your feedback is pivotal when deciding what changes need to be made to these projects, and whether they should be officially launched on the Zooniverse.

Thanks for all your help!


Helen and the Zooniverse Team