Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crowdsourced Fish

At the recent Museums and the Web Conference in Philadelphia, there was much talk about this project at the Smithsonian, which used Facebook to mediate a project to rapidly identify 5,000 fish specimens from Guyana. Within a week, they managed to get genus-level identifications for around 90% of specimens. Admittedly this wasn't Joe Public doing the IDs - the majority of people commenting held a Ph.D. in ichthyology - but the global scope of the respondents was impressive, as was the speed with which the task was accomplished. For those of you who think social networking is a waste of time, perhaps it's time you thought again.

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