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Crowd-sourced science

Utolsó módosítás: 2015. február 18.

Matt von Konrat: Crowd-sourced science: digitized natural history collections extends its branches to education and outreach

Előadó: Matt von Konrat
Head of Botanical Collections, Adjunct Curator & Collections Manager (Bryophytes & Pteridophytes)
The Field Museum, Science and Education, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.

Esemény kezdete: 2014-10-16 17:00
Helyszín: C épület 124-es előadó


Alarmingly, the world's biodiversity is diminishing rapidly and undergoing an extinction crisis. Biological collections of museums and academic institutions, documenting the fossilized and living members of the world's ecosystems and their changes over time, are uniquely poised to inform the stewardship of life on Earth. Scientists and educators of The Field Museum (Chicago) are partnering with leaders in online Citizen Science, Zooniverse (see www.zooniverse.org) Adler Planetarium), and have a coordinated network including students and professionals at universities and partnering high schools and middle schools to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. The underlying theme is to connect biological research and collections with education and outreach while working towards addressing the critical urgency of the loss of taxonomic expertise and the rapid decline of biodiversity. The project has the specific goal of engaging a broader audience; especially students and citizen scientists to partner with our efforts in recording critical data sets from digitally rendered images. This is illustrated with an NSF ARTS research program focusing on the mega-diverse early land plant lineage, Frullania. A web-based tool has been developed (see http://microplants.fieldmuseum.org) which could be broadly applied to other organisms to aid in collecting data that would be otherwise impossible to generate without large-scale volunteers. To date, over 5000 participants have generated over 55,000 data points that are being utilized by researchers. The online tool, currently in four languages, provides participation in authentic science research, which is an important component in moving youth toward engaging in scientific thinking. Several universities have also implemented the project into their curriculum for both biology and non-biology majors.

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