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Zooniverse - Big Data and Industry (Royal Society and BT)

Zooniverse - Big Data and Industry (Royal Society and BT)

A story about how a bunch of astronomers from Oxford solved their own 'big data' problem and ended up working with hundreds of researchers, in many disciplines, and recruiting the help more than one million volunteers all over the world.

Robert Simpson

April 08, 2014
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  1. Robert Simpson University of Oxford

  2. 200 billion hours a year Spent watching TV by US

    adults 100 million hours total to create Wikipedia Inspiration: David McCandless (Goggle Boxes, July 2010), Data: Clay Shirky (‘Cognitive Surplus’, 2010)
  3. 16 years Every Hour

  4. Cognitive Surplus - Clay Shirky, NYU

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  7. Classifications per Hour 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000

    70,000 Hours Since Launch 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 43 45 47
  8. Galaxy Zoo: help astronomers classify galaxies 400,000 volunteers galaxyzoo.org classifications

    200m
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  12. The Milky Way Project: measure and map our galaxy in

    infrared 50,000 volunteers milkywayproject.org drawings 3,500,000
  13. milkywayproject.org

  14. Planet Hunters: finding exoplanets in NASA Kepler data 250,000 volunteers

    planethunters.org transits 20,000,000
  15. planethunters.org

  16. Snapshot Serengeti: identify and describe animals in Serengeti National Park

    30,000 volunteers snapshotserengeti.org classifications 10,000,000
  17. snapshotserengeti.org

  18. Whale FM: Listen to whale calls to decode their language

    20,000 volunteers whale.fm classifications 250,000
  19. whale.fm

  20. 30+ Projects from astronomy to zoology

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  22. zooniverse.org 1M worldwide 30 projects +

  23. live.zooniverse.org

  24. years 50 zooniverse.org +

  25. papers 70 zooniverse.org/publications

  26. Serendipity

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  28. Cardamone)et)al.)2009,)arXiv)0907.4155 zooniverse.org/publications

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  31. Serendipity ...in the Zooniverse

  32. Rise of the Machines

  33. We are the Borg Bots DATA DATA DATA DATA DATA

    DATA DATA DATA DATA ATA DA
  34. Machine Learning Crowd DATA

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  36. Cognitive Surplus Crowdsourced Analysis Real and unique results Serendipitous discovery

    Machine learning
  37. zooniverse.org Robert Simpson - @orbitingfrog