Thursday, July 12, 2007

Army of Davids do science
The Galaxy Zoo:
Welcome to GalaxyZoo , the project which harnesses the power of the internet - and your brain - to classify a million galaxies. By taking part, you'll not only be contributing to scientific research, but you'll view parts of the Universe that literally no-one has ever seen before and get a sense of the glorious diversity of galaxies that pepper the sky.

Why do we need you?
The simple answer is that the human brain is much better at recognizing patterns than a computer can ever be. Any computer program we write to sort our galaxies into categories would do a reasonable job, but it would also inevitably throw out the unusual, the weird and the wonderful. To rescue these interesting systems which have a story to tell, we need you.

GZ is now live! Go ahead and sign up to start classifying galaxies right away.

Neat idea for distributed analysis. Not only harnessing computing power but brain power as well.

Now, all we need is for someone to scan in the hundreds of thousands of sherds and lithics scattered around museums and find some way to measure and describe the damn things online and we'll be in business. . . . .