Big Data Science with Zooniverse
ABSTRACT: Citizen science - the involvement of hundreds of thousands of people in the research process - provides a radical solution to the challenge of dealing with the greatly increased size of modern data sets. Zooniverse.org is the most successful collection of online citizen science projects which have enabled nearly 1.5 million online volunteers to contribute to over sixty research projects spanning disciplines from astronomy to zoology. University of Oxford’s Dr. Lintott and University of Minnesota’s Dr. Fortson will describe the Zooniverse platform and some of the results to date from the Zooniverse collection of online projects. They will then discuss future developments of the Zooniverse platform in the context of new approaches to combining machine learning with human classifications. They will finish with a description of planned data science experiments with the ultimate goal of producing a system that most efficiently balances the human and machine classifications.