Human-Computer Interaction - citizen science applicationPublished: Friday, 12 August 2016
As part of his MSc project at the School of Computer Science, Olivier Staub has developed a citizen science application that displays on a map the fossil collection of the Manchester Museum.
As part of his MSc project at the School of Computer Science, Olivier Staub has developed a citizen science application that displays on a map the fossil collection of the Manchester Museum. The goal of the application is to allow users to submit the discoveries made through the exploration of the map. A discovery doesn't have to necessarily be ground-breaking but can be any regularity or irregularity found such as "In the late 50s, John Smith collected trilobites in Wales". The application is available at https://natureslibrary.co.uk/map
Our goal as Human-Computer Interaction specialists is to understand how people make discoveries while they explore maps. Ultimately, this understanding will enable the development of tools that facilitate discoveries using geographical information systems. We need some critical mass of users to collect exploration data so your participation is key to the success of the project.
This is a collaborative project between the School of Computer Science and the Manchester Museum: Markel Vigo is supervising the project under the advice of David Gelsthorpe, the Curator of Earth Science Collections.