Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Snapshot Serengeti's massive success!

Snapshot Serengeti, the Zooniverse project that inspired Chimp&See, is a HUGE success and the first paper is now out! Congratulations to everyone who participated! 

The Washington Post did a great write up on the success of the project: "A new database of wildlife photos from the Serengeti is an Internet rabbit hole of baby animals"

and if you want to read the original paper, it can be found here:

Swanson A, Kosmala M, Lintott C, Simpson R, Smith A, Packer C (2015) Snapshot Serengeti, high-frequency annotated camera trap images of 40 mammalian species in an African savanna. Scientific Data 2, Article number: 150026 (2015) ​doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.26
Abstract: Camera traps can be used to address large-scale questions in community ecology by providing systematic data on an array of wide-ranging species. We deployed 225 camera traps across 1,125 km2 in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, to evaluate spatial and temporal inter-species dynamics. The cameras have operated continuously since 2010 and had accumulated 99,241 camera-trap days and produced 1.2 million sets of pictures by 2013. Members of the general public classified the images via the citizen-science website Multiple users viewed each image and recorded the species, number of individuals, associated behaviours, and presence of young. Over 28,000 registered users contributed 10.8 million classifications. We applied a simple algorithm to aggregate these individual classifications into a final ‘consensus’ dataset, yielding a final classification for each image and a measure of agreement among individual answers. The consensus classifications and raw imagery provide an unparalleled opportunity to investigate multi-species dynamics in an intact ecosystem and a valuable resource for machine-learning and computer-vision research.

Want to be take part in more citizen science? Please visit Chimp&See!

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