Just saw an article on Wikipedia about Clickworkers, an app by NASA where anybody could come in and identify craters on Mars:
There are many scientific tasks that require human perception and common sense, but may not require a lot of scientific training. Identifying craters on Mars is something almost anyone can do, and classifying them by age is only a little harder.
Reminds me of the ESP game, where people play a game to label images on the web.
From a research perspective, lots of interesting questions:
- What other kinds of apps fall in this design space?
- How good are the results (generally speaking)?
- Are there areas in ubicomp where we can apply these same techniques?