Citizen Science

Citizen science uses the time, abilities and energies of a distributed community of volunteers to undertake research that would otherwise be impossible. Whether exploring the ocean floor or extracting historical data from ships' logs, you can contribute to our understanding of the world. These websites provide an interesting range of technology-based projects you can work on at your computer. 



On the Web

Building Inspector and Emigrant City - NYPL Labs

Citizen cartographers can help uncover details from old insurance company maps that are being used to reconstruct new York City's history. 

Or transcribe digitized the mortgage records of the Emigrant Bank of New York City from 1851 through the 1920s in Emigrant City and get a detailed glimpse of immigrant life during a foundational period of the city's history.

Citizen Archivist Dashboard

U.S. National Archives invites you to help make their digital assets more accessible. Tagging (adding keykwords, terms and labels to) records in their cagtalog and transcribing digitized pages of historical records are ways you can contribute. 

Citizen Science Alliance

A collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who manage internet-based citizen science projects in order to further science itself, and the public understanding of both science and of the scientific process. Projects include Galaxy Zoo, Hubble, Old Weather, Planet Hunters and Whale FM.


Join the international network of birders who contribute to science and conservation by recording the birds you see and sharing sightings. Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird project aims to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence. 

Nature Watch

A community that engages all Canadians in collecting scientific information on nature to understand our changing environment. Some projects involve making observations in the field and uploading the results. Current topics include frogs, plants, ice and worms. 


The largest and most popular platform for "people-powered" research. New discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications have come out of Zooniverse projects.