by Chris Goforth on August 20 2016
We’re just over two months into the CitSciScribe project and we’ve already made some amazing progress! Here’s what our citizen science curators have helped us accomplish so far:
- 5183 transcriptions
- Over 135 hours of work
- Two entire projects!
We reached our first major milestone, the first completed project, just two weeks after launching CitSciScribe! The Duke Marine Labs Project had the smallest number of transcriptions, but we were thrilled to see the work done so quickly. Our citizen scientists completed the second project, the Charleston Amphibians and Reptiles Project, a couple of weeks ago. Two out of the three original projects are already finished, and we are well on our way toward completing the Charleston fish project too.
To keep up with the amazing speed of our citizen science curators, we recently added a new project, the Core Amphibians and Reptile Project. While the other three projects have had participants working toward digitizing the data for newly acquired collections given to us by other museums, the Core project features specimens that have been a part of the NCMNS reptile and amphibian collection for decades. The project will help museum herpetologists make the data from our own collections more widely available to everyone – and vastly more quickly than we would be able to accomplish without the help of our citizen scientists!
As our citizen science curators work through the transcriptions via our project website, Museum staff are hard at work tackling behind-the-scenes tasks related to this project. We’re working to prepare materials to launch new projects in the future and expect to have another project available soon. We are also working to review the transcriptions done so far. As transcriptions are reviewed, we can move them into the official Museum collections databases. At that point, the information contained in our paper records will become available to the public online for the first time. That means that everyone, everywhere will be able to look through the specimen data and make use of it without ever having to step foot in the Museum.
Thanks to everyone who has participated in CitSciScribe so far! Your hard work has been inspiring and you’ve been more productive than we’d even hoped. And if you haven’t gotten involved yet, we’d love to have you join us! Visit the CitSciScribe homepage to make a free account and get started.