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2014 SSP 36th Annual Meeting

Keynote: Publishing for the Crowd: Thoughts from Citizen Science

Keynote/Plenary Presentations
Keynote Speaker: Chris Lintott, Astronomer at the University of Oxford, co-presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night, and Citizen Science Project Lead at the Adler Planetarium

Publishing for the Crowd: Thoughts from Citizen Science

Citizen Science projects have led a vast and distributed crowd of volunteers to contribute to science, whether in classifying distant galaxies, discovering planets, or exploring the Serengeti. These projects, part of the world-leading Zooniverse platform, have been remarkably successful in encouraging volunteers to go on to more advanced work, yet engagement with the professional literature remains lacking. Zooniverse principal investigator and University of Oxford astronomer Chris Lintott will tell the story of the recent rise of Citizen Science, and explore what spurs and then stops his community of more than a million volunteers from taking their interest further.

Chris Lintott is an astronomer at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best know as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program and the author, with Queen guitarist Brian May and Sir Patrick Moore of two books, both available in more than 13 languages including American.