BAR HARBOR – There’s a new free app that’s going to allow people to engage with others around the world exchanging scientific research.
Science is all around us and there are things waiting to be discovered all within the palm of your hands.
“We really seeing this as a way of democratizing science, a way to get science in the hands of anyone who needs to collect data and use it to answer any questions they may have or move forward any important effort they want to be involved in,” said Jane Disney, the education director at MDI Biological Laboratory.
A new Anecdata mobile app, created at MDI Biological Laboratory, allows volunteers to start scientific projects in the field. It’s a mobile version of Anecdata.org. People no longer have to have a computer to exchange ideas.
“The point of Anecdata.org, is that, we really want to put data collection in the hands of ordinary citizen scientists,” said Duncan Bailey, the systems developer at MDI Biological Laboratory.
The mobile app is similar to social media, but instead of browsing through your friends personal photos. You’re exchanging ideas about the latest things happening in the area such as flooding, cleaning the beach and sea turtles.
“What we’re looking for, is that people can actually bring the data they’ve collected out of Anecdata.org and put it in the hands of decision makers in their communities,” said Bailey.
It’s currently being used worldwide, allowing people to share large amounts of data and learn from others’ scientific findings.
“So you can see something happening and you can immediately notify everybody that you know and get together and collect information,” said Disney.
It’s free to use and is available on Itunes.
“These citizen scientists can greatly amplify what these researches can do,” said Bailey.
By creating your own profile and contributing your information online, you can help break barriers between professional researchers and citizen scientists.
“Sometimes it takes a village to solve a scientific problem that’s bigger than the scientist themselves and everyone needs to get involved,” said Disney. “We’re making the tools.”