ABC (Australia): Kids sign up as citizen scientists with new app that feeds Australian species database. “Technology is taking the rising trend of citizen science to new heights with scores of science-savvy kids signing up to help document Australian species and they are bringing a range of skills that could be game-changing.”
Yale News: Crowd-sourced project to build Yale theater history database. “Ensemble @ Yale is a crowd-sourced project to create a database of Yale theater history. Modeled on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) crowd-sourced endeavor to transcribe data from its collections of historical theater programs, the project invites people to browse through digital images of Yale programs and mark and transcribe various data, such as the titles of plays, production dates, the directors, and the names of cast and crew members.”
Stanford: Scientists crowdsource autism data to learn where resource gaps exist. “A new crowdsourcing tool aims to map all the locations in the world, beginning with the United States, where individuals with autism live to determine which communities need more resources for diagnosis and treatment of the condition.”
Recode: Amazon’s Twitch wants to stream some ‘choose your own adventure’ TV shows. “Twitch wants to stream original programming, according to COO Kevin Lin, but with a catch: It wants to stream TV shows that are actually written and produced along the way with input from Twitch’s viewers. A kind of ‘choose your own adventure’ TV show.” TV McTVshowface.
Poynter: A new game puts the public into public radio archives. “The game, called Fix It, was launched by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation. It asks the public for help in identifying and correcting errors in public media transcripts — which improves both the searchability and accessibility of archival material from the collection.”
University of Arizona: National Phenology Network Hits 10M Records. “The U.S. Geological Survey-funded USA National Phenology Network, hosted within the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Science’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has enabled people across the country to collect and share information on phenology of plants and animals since 2009. And because people love observing nature and reporting what they see so much, the National Phenology Database has just crossed the threshold of 10 million records.”
Want to help someone build a digital archive of fishing stories? Here ya go. “South Dakota resident Buddy Seiner wants to hear your fishing stories. More accurately, he wants to record them for generations to come. Seiner is working on the first online archive for audio fishing stories. The project, called Fish Stories, will help anglers share their fishing tales, reports, favorite moments and memories, all while preserving their fishing legacies for future generations.”