New clickworkers task for 2007:
Tired of Mars?
We have done some initial work with the Dawn mission to mark craters on asteroids. We started with a few images from the NEAR mission and may do other crater marking in the future.
Clickworker crater-marking inputs have been combined into a map of the ages of different regions of Mars. It agrees fairly closely with what was already known from traditional crater counting. The image above compares the two versions. A higher-resolution one and more details are available.
What is this site all about?
There are many scientific tasks that require human perception and common sense, but may not require a lot of scientific training. Identifying craters on Mars is something almost anyone can do, and classifying them by age is only a little harder.
From November 2000 to September 2001, we ran an experiment that showed that public volunteers (clickworkers), many working for a few minutes here and there and others choosing work work longer, can do some routine science analysis that would normally be done by a scientist or graduate student working for months on end. Some of the results are available online.
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