CosmoQuest's Citizen Science Builder (CSB) software is released open source through Github, and allows anyone with the know-how to contribute to science but helping to enhance the software that enables that science. Written in a combination of PHP and MySQL, this codebase follows the example of Wordpress, and allows new features to be added simply by dropping their code into the correct directories. This code is opensource for three reasons: this enables people who want to start their own self-hosted citizen science projects to do so easily; it allows any user who says "it would be great if" to gather friends and create the changes they want to see (with moderation); and as publicly funded software, this is the right thing to do. The CSB code is divided into 4 major sections. 1) Citizen science tools and tutorials for annotating images. 2) Volunteer tools for reviewing data usage and giving/revoking informed consent, as well as tools for tracking accomplishments, viewing images completed, and sharing information about themselves. 3) Scientist tools to upload images, download data, get contact information for volunteers so they can include them in publications, and spot check images. 4) Finally, there is an overarching administration dashboard for managing what tools and projects are live, and for managing access. This presentation will review the software, and discuss how community engagement has thus far been generated and utilized.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- January 2020