The Constructing Scientific Communities project (ConSciCom), part of the AHRC’s ‘Science in Culture’ theme, is inviting proposals for citizen science or citizen humanities projects to be developed as part of the Zooniverse platform.
ConSciCom examines citizen science in the 19th and 21st centuries, contrasting and reflecting on engagement with distributed communities of amateur researchers in both the historical record and in contemporary practice.
Between one and four successful projects will be selected from responses to this call, and will be developed and hosted by the Zooniverse in association with the applications. We hope to include both scientific and historical projects; those writing proposals should review the existing range of Zooniverse projects which include not only classification, but also transcription projects. Please note, however, ConSciCom cannot distribute funds nor support imaging or other digitization in support of the project.
Projects will be selected according to the following criteria:
- Merit and usefulness of the data expected to result from the project.
- Novelty of the problem; projects which require extending the capability of the Zooniverse platform or serve as case studies for crowdsourcing in new areas or in new ways are welcome.
- Alignment with the goals and interests of the Constructing Scientific Communities project. In particular, we wish to encourage projects that:
- Have a significant historical dimension, especially in relation to the history of science.
- Involve the transcription of text, either in its entirety or for rich metadata.
Note it is anticipated that some, but not necessarily all selected projects, will meet this third criterion; please do submit proposals on other topics.
The deadline for submissions is July 25th 2014. You can submit a proposal by following this link http://conscicom.org/proposals/form/