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Explore Citizen Science

April is Citizen Science Month offers thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact. There’s something for everyone, everywhere! Join a project or event from wherever you are to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you. Check out their featured projects...

MPING - Collect observations of weather conditions for the National Weather Service. All you need is a smartphone or tablet! Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground (mPING) is a project that collects weather information from the public through their smartphone or mobile device. Using the free mPING app, anyone can submit a weather observation anonymously. The data immediately goes into a database at the National Severe Storms Laboratory and is displayed on a map that is accessible to everyone. mPING data is also used to improve weather computer models, predict ground icing for road maintenance and aviation operations and predict the potential for in-flight icing. 

SATELLITE STREAK WATCHER - Photograph satellite streaks across the night sky to monitor this form of sky pollution. All you need is a smartphone or a camera and a tripod! As more satellites are placed into orbit, they will become even more of problem to astronomers on the ground. This long-term project will photographically track the population growth of these satellites over time.

FOLDIT - Download and play Foldit, and you can help researchers discover new antiviral drugs that might stop coronavirus. The most promising solutions will be manufactured and tested at the University of Washington Institute for Protein Design in Seattle.

FLU NEAR YOU -  The Flu Near You project leverages the power of the crowd to provide real-time information about influenza-like-illness in your area. Epidemiologists from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital created the project, which can complement traditional tracking and provide useful public information. Complete a quick, weekly survey to share whether you feel healthy or sick. Participation is free and your individual report remains confidential.

COLONY B - Colony B is a mobile game developed at McGill University that allows you to contribute to research on microbes. Collect microbes and grow your colony in a fast paced puzzle game. Unlock badges to learn about microbes living inside our body. The results are used to analyze data from the American Gut project based at University of California San Diego.

Citizen Science and the NLM

Engaging network members through Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS), including initiatives like Citizen Science month, "supports NLM’s FY2020 Congressional Justification, which states that NLM is "committed to encouraging citizen science as a way to provide opportunities for members of the community to work with NLM to improve and apply NLM products and services in novel ways" by creating a link between NLM researchers and the community." - source

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