Exploring Human Culture with Citizen Science

unnamed (1)From art history to archaeology and beyond, citizen scientists are advancing our understanding of humanity, and you can help!  Below, we’ve selected five projects that explore various dimensions of human culture.  You can find more projects on SciStarter to do now or bookmark your favorites for later.
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Crowdsource art descriptions
Use tags or keywords to help describe images of artwork. The more your tags match those of other Artigo players, the more points you receive. Your descriptions will contribute to the study of art history.
Location: Online

Photo: Myriad Sensor
Life as a mailed package
Next month, PocketLab’s sensors will be shipped around the world. The sensors will record data while in transit: temperature, humidity, pressure, and orientation. You can analyze the data or contribute data to explore exactly what happens when packages are shipped.
Location: Global

Predicting plans
We are always making plans, from what to make for dinner to how to save for retirement. Help cognitive scientists at Plan Prediction learn if an app can predict which plans people will favor – in ANY situation. Simply rate various plans online.
Location: Online

Photo: Digital Globe 2017
Global Xplorer
Archaeologists use satellite images to find and monitor ruins and dig sites. You can help by becoming a space archaeologist and document threats to ancient sites.
Location: Online

Environmental Archaeology
Work with scientists and students to excavate sites, preserve artifacts, and collect environmental data to understand the ways that people have changed the land over the past 200 years.
Location: Maryland


Citizen Science Day starts April 14th! Find an event near you!  Want more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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About the Author

Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski is the Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she coordinates a statewide citizen science network. She has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and is an active volunteer.