Help researchers look for gravity waves in LIGO data. To learn more, visit Gravity Spy.
How to start:
All Zooniverse projects have similar interfaces, but the Gravity Spy “front page” is shown below. Also shown circled in red are the functions you will mostly be using.
Step 1: Make a registration for Zooniverse. This is free. You need only one registration, and then you may participate in any/all the Zooniverse projects.
Step 2: If you go to CLASSIFY, you will see a panel that shows up with “TUTORIAL” AND “TASK”. Go through the tutorial first, before you take on an actual task!
Step 3: Be sure to use the TALK function. Find a science discussion or paper to explore in further detail.
Step 4: Be sure to collect enough evidence that you have participated in the project in order to write your final report.
The final report will typically consist of 2-3 typed pages. The lengths are suggested, not enforced.
Please be sure to address the questions below in enough detail. The grading rubric will assess your clarity, completeness, and relevance.
The rubric also will grade how well you put items into your own words. (No plagiarism.)
Final Report Questions to address:
Headings in your report may be helpful in identifying which question you are addressing.
1. Describe the background for your project. What is the interesting science question the researchers are investigating? How does the area of research relate to topics you are learning in astronomy in this course? (1-2 paragraphs)
2. Describe what a task consists of in the project. Here, you will want to capture some screenshots as you are either doing the tutorial or a task and describe what is going on. (2-3 paragraphs)
3. Describe the communications you explored by using the talk function (this may be discussions with others, a paper on the research that was mentioned, etc.) (2-3 paragraphs)
4. Now reflect on your experience. What did you learn about the way scientists work and/or communicate? Why do you think scientists have citizens get involved in their project? Is the science being done valuable to society in some way? You do not have to answer all of these; these are some suggested areas. (2-3 paragraphs)
Final Report Grading
The final report is worth 25 points, based on the following distribution:
All questions addressed: 10 pts
Answers to questions were relevant to the question: 8 pts
Answers to questions were clear: 7 pts
A word about plagiarism: if plagiarism is found points will be accordingly deducted. All students must be aware of plagiarism and avoid in their writing for any course. Below are some guidelines to be aware of.
When writing, do NOT:
Cut and paste large segments from internet sources.
Use sentences from other sources, with just a few words rearranged or changed.
Use large amounts of quoted material, even if you cite the source of the quotes. (In general, this really is not plagiarism, but it is bad practice).
When writing, DO:
Feel free to use well-known information without citation. For example, the diameter of the Sun can be found as data in many places. It is considered “common knowledge”.
Quote and cite sources if their language and perspective is so unique that it must be captured. For example, the Gettysburg Address was given once, and unique. You may be talking to researchers who also use unique language and perspective and may want to quote them. Just be clear you are using their words.
Put things into your own words and perspective as often as possible, even if you think your words aren’t as good as someone else’s. We all probably have our own quirky way of expressing things, and it would be a shame to lose that!