As we think about goals and projects for OAC, I'm reminded that scholars in all sorts of fields are trying out new approaches. The reminder is from an email newsletter I receive because, several months ago in a fit of enthusiasm I signed up to participate in GalaxyZoo. Never actually did much. Got too busy with OAC and other things. But, as food for thought, here is that newsletter.


Thank you for taking part in one of the citizen science projects in
the Zooniverse, whether it’s Galaxy Zoo, Moon Zoo or Solar Stormwatch,
or all three. We’ve had a busy few weeks, launching a new project (Old
Weather) and updated most of our existing ones. In case you missed it,
here’s what’s been going on:

Old Weather : Our latest project at takes
you back into the past – we have World War I ship’s logs from 280
Royal Naval vessels for you to explore. Whether in battle, in port or
on patrol, the ship’s crew recorded information about the weather.
That information is critical for climate scientists trying to improve
their computer models. As well as rescuing those weather observations,
we’re also asking you to record the personal and political events
aboard the ship. It’s great fun and highly addictive: you have been

Moon Zoo : Following the overwhelming success of our challenge to you
all during International Observe the Moon Night, we’ve made the
Moonometer ( a permanent feature of
the site, so that you can keep track of our collective progress,
whether you count the number of square miles, the area of Wales or
even the number of Disneylands (currently over 219,000). We’ve also
improved My Moon Zoo so that you can explore interesting areas of the
Moon once you, or others have found them.

Galaxy Zoo : If you haven’t explored the weird and wonderful mix of
galaxies that haunt the distant Universe, please get stuck in at We’re nearly ready to add a new batch of
Hubble images to the mix, but we can only do that once you’ve got
through our existing set. Further confirmation that each and every
click counts arrived last week, too, as the first paper to use data
from Zoo 2 was officially accepted by the Zoo. Congratulations,

Supernovae : The first paper from the supernova team has been
submitted too, and it shows that you really can make a difference by
discovering exploding stars. Little and often is the trick here, but
you can sign up for daily emails that tell you precisely when we need
your help at :

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