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  • The Great Yew Tree Hunt

    By JacobShiach on November 30, 2010
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    Charles Harrison is working on a dissertation pertaining to Yew Trees in the UK and needs help collecting data. He is using an interesting iphone/android app called epicollect to allow anyone to submit Yew photos and relevant data(i.e. trunk width,location) via their phone. That data is then displayed online via the Yew Hunt project page. If you live in...

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    How to identify Galaxies?

    By JacobShiach on November 28, 2010
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    The Zooniverse is home to some of the most succesful and easy to get started citizen scientist projects.  All you have to do is pick the project that most interests you, sign up and answer a few questions per picture(similiar to the question below for Galaxy Zoo:Hubble).  The cumulative work of the volunteers is then translated into usable data even a few exciting...

  • CSQ named Kickstarter Project of the Day

    By JacobShiach on November 27, 2010
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    The amazing people over at kickstarter have named us,The Citizen Science Quarterly, the Project of the Day. So I figured now would a good time to remind everyone about the kickstarter and what we are trying to accomplish with it. If we are able to raise at least $2500 worth of pledges by Jan 2, 2011, then we will...

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    Swiss Army Tube Block

    By JacobShiach on November 26, 2010
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    Kyle Lawson has designed a versatile tube holder capable of being printed with a 3D printer. In biological sciences, we use 6 different sizes of tubes for samples. This two part block, is the only block I know of that can accept all 6 types of tubes. I designed it so that I could split into 2 halves to...

  • Open Call for Open Science Equipment

    By JacobShiach on November 25, 2010
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    Currently, most of the equipment in “garage” science labs come from auctions, craigslist and what ever people can scavenge.  While occasionally you can find a gem that doesnt break the bank. Most of whats out there is usually outdated, broken or missing manuals. If citizen science is expected to make real discoveries, we need new tools. Specifically tools that are...

  • Citizen Science and the Age of Knowledge Generosity

    By MatthewDearing on November 24, 2010
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    On the eve of Thanksgiving, we tend to start our annual pondering about how we might give more to our friends and family, and maybe even to the world. Citizen scientists–whether they consciously realize it or not–are behaving in a uniquely giving mood with every bird they count, PC time they donate, comet they spot, or galaxy structure they visually...

  • Why start a Citizen Science Magazine?

    By JacobShiach on November 17, 2010
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    What better way to start off a magazine than with an explanation of why citizen science is important enough to have a publication dedicated to it. To start, let’s answer the more general question “what is citizen science”. Or as someone on a popular science forum asked,  “Aren’t scientists citizens?” . Of course they are. The idea of citizen...

  • How to Build a Magazine.

    By JacobShiach on October 30, 2010
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    1. Figure out what your magazine will be about 2.  Find Brilliant Writers (Hint: thats you.)   3. Come up with a snazzy name 4. Design an eye catching cover 5. Find a printer you can afford 6. Find people to subscribe to your magazine 7. Convince writers to...