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Science Gossip

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Science Gossip

Citizen science projects are a growing trend, thanks in large part to platforms like Zooniverse that facilitate group data collection and analysis. However, as the team behind Science Gossip notes, citizen science also flourished during the nineteenth century. For example, Charles Darwin relied on the correspondence and observations of over 2,000 individuals as he crafted the theory of evolution. Science Gossip, a collaboration between the UK based Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), is a citizen science project that seeks to understand “why, how often, and who made images depicting a whole range of natural sciences in the Victorian period.” The project invites people to review and classify maps, illustrations, charts, and photographs that appeared in four nineteenth-century science periodicals. These journals played an important role in connecting and encouraging collaboration between scientists and science enthusiasts. Science Gossip will be of interest to scientists and historians alike, and may also make for an engaging classroom activity. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group –

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