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Message 2114755 - Posted: 15 Feb 2023, 19:40:18 UTC

Jean Luc Margot, a SETI Researcher at UCLA has started a Citizen Science project at UCLA. Participants will help identify and classify types of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) seen in the data that they have taken at the Green Bank Telescope. This is an important step in identifying any signals that don't look like RFI.

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Message 2114768 - Posted: 15 Feb 2023, 22:29:33 UTC

[copied over from my now-redundant thread in SETI@Home Science]

This is wonderful news as we were sad to lose the SETI Institute's Zooniverse project years ago. If you haven't ever been to Zooniverse, please see the overview below.

Are we alone in the universe? project home

Project overview:

The mission of UCLA SETI is to find evidence of other civilizations in the Galaxy. We conduct searches for radio technosignatures with the largest fully steerable telescope on Earth, the 100 meter Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Our searches are sensitive to signals emitted thousands of light years away, enabling contact from a large fraction of the Milky Way Galaxy. We have sampled over 42,000 stars and detected over 64 million candidate signals to date, with more observations planned in the near future.

We are excited to expand our search capabilities by launching a collaboration with citizen scientists, and we are grateful for your involvement in the search! This collaboration is made possible by grants from The Planetary Society and the NASA Citizen Science Seed Funding Program.

Overview of Zooniverse:

What is the Zooniverse?
The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.

At the Zooniverse, anyone can be a researcher
You don’t need any specialised background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects. We make it easy for anyone to contribute to real academic research, on their own computer, at their own convenience.

You’ll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more.

With our wide-ranging and ever-expanding suite of projects, covering many disciplines and topics across the sciences and humanities, there's a place for anyone and everyone to explore, learn and have fun in the Zooniverse. To volunteer with us, just go to the Projects page, choose one you like the look of, and get started.

Like SETI@Home, it's a "distributed computing" project, but where the participants themselves do the data processing, transcribing, classification and analysis.

Hope to see you there! :^)
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Message 2114856 - Posted: 17 Feb 2023, 4:55:24 UTC
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I have watched the UCLA Webinar with Jean-Louis Marcot, Megan Gale Li and Demetrious Demopulous. Very pleasant.
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Message 2115204 - Posted: 24 Feb 2023, 10:50:04 UTC - in response to Message 2114755.  

Make it a Seti sub-project, within BOINC
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