18 February 2016 - 19 February 2016
WasserCluster Lunz, Austria

2nd Austrian Citizen Science Conference

The app "Picture Pile" will be presented in Lunz at the Citizen Science Conference

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The 2nd Austrian Citizen Science Conference in cooperation with the WasserCluster Lunz will be held in Lunz am See, Lower Austria from the 18th to 19th February 2016. The goal of the conference is "to foster the scientific quality in Citizen Science".

Under the motto "Cititzen Science - Where are you going?" Representatives from Science, Art and Business are encouraged to present their successful citizen science projects. The aim of the conference is to further increase the quality of citizen science in Austria and to show how scientifically useful results can be achieved by applying this method.

ESM Research Scholar Tobias Sturn will present "Picture Pile - a photo sorter that helps Researchers solve global problems". Picture Pile is an app created to help Science tackle the big problems for humanity like climate change and hunger. It functions similar to the popular dating app Tinder. It displays an image, asks a question such as "Is Farmland visible in the picture?", then the player can move the image to left or right depending on the correct answer, or down if unsure of the answer. The first batch of images available to sort consists of 6 million photos concerning deforestation in Tanzania.
Once the images are sorted a very accurate forest cover map is then generated which is absolutely necessary for research on climate change! Every week the top 3 players win prizes like a new smart phone or tablet!

Picture Pile is available be played on your Browser, iPhone, iPad and Android.

To find out more about Picture Pile, follow the link.

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Last edited: 16 June 2016


Tobias Sturn

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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