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Comment Re:"...catalog images AS cities, stars or..." (Score 3, Insightful) 13

Thanks ;-) I'm the lead developer of Crowdcrafting and its technology PyBossa where you can contribute not only to this amazing project, but others like Rural Geolocator developed by the Public Health Computing group at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel. Rural Geolocator is geo-referencing houses to fight Malaria, so if you are tired of really amazing pictures from ISS join us also in that project. It's pretty helpful and amazing too :-) Cheers, Daniel PS: Note PyBossa is open-source :D

Submission + - ISS earth night photos Crowdsourced For Science with ( 2

teleyinex writes: The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is leading a project called Cities at Night to catalog the images taken by astronauts from the ISS.

The project uses the platform Crowdcrafting powered by the open source software PyBossa to catalog images in cities, stars or other objects, as well as geo-reference them.

Submission + - Citizen Tomb Raider (

teleyinex writes: The British Museum and University College London (UCL) have launched – a PyBossa-powered platform which invites members of the public to become citizen archeologists. The project will create the world’s leading prehistoric metal database and just might change the way we research our collective past.

Submission + - ForestWatchers: A citizen project for forest monitoring (

teleyinex writes: is a citizen project with the goal of making possible to anyone (locals, volunteers, NGOs, governments, etc), anywhere in the world, to monitor selected patches of forest across the globe, almost in real-time, using a computer connected to the Internet.

The project has recencently released a first alpha web application (built using the open source crowdsourcing PyBossa framework) where volunteers can participate classifying satellite images of one area of the Amazon basin.

The project is looking for feedback and help about this first application.


Submission + - 2nd Citizen Cyberscience Summit (

teleyinex writes: "The second Citizen Cyberscience Summit will be taking place the 16 17 and 18 of February in London. The Summit include the technical aspects of citizen science such as use of sensors; applications of smartphones for data collection or in combination with external sensors; linking the Internet of Things (IoT) and Citizen Science – sensor networks to human sensors; motivations, incentives and engagement patterns; Citizen Science with indigenous and low-literacy communities; social science, ethnographic and anthropological aspects of Citizen Science, and similar topics relevant to both research and practice.

Join volunteers and scientists from a wide range of Web-based science projects, ranging from volunteer computing (SETI@home,, BOINC) to volunteer thinking (GalaxyZoo, Herbaria@home) to volunteer sensing (EpiCollect, NoiseTube) and much more for a great three days of learning, thinking and doing."

Submission + - OKCon11 is ready with free workshops! (

teleyinex writes: "The annual conference of the Open Knowledge Foundation will be held in Berlin. There will be different lectures about open data, open science, open access, etc. and different free workshops where hackers, volunteers, designers, etc. can participate learning new tools, or helping scientists to develope new prototypes for their research projects. The program is available here."

Submission + - D. Anderson in Extremadura (free software region) (

teleyinex writes: The following 12 of December, the University of Extremadura, Spain, organizes a conference, settled in Centro Universitario de Mérida, where the main topic is Volunteer Computing.
The conference is given by Dr. David Anderson, who received graduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin. From 1985 to 1992 he served on the faculty of the U.C. Berkeley Computer Science Department. Since 1998 he has directed SETI@home, a pioneering project in volunteer computing. In 2002 he founded the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) project, which develops platform software for volunteer computing. He is currently a Research Scientist at the U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory.
The predicted schedule is:
  • 18.30h D. Anderson Conference
The event is organized by the Cátedra of Ceta-Ciemat from University of Extremadura.

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