June Star Notes Update
Sam here, one of the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this time. First off, we stand with Zooniverse’s commitment to fight systemic racism in STEM by supporting the Black Lives Matter and #ShutdownSTEM movements. We hope to build a more welcoming community with our Zooniverse project through educating ourselves, lifting up the voices of Black researchers and scientists, and actively working to be anti-racist.
As always, we are immensely thankful to our volunteers. We’re thankful for the people spending their time at home with this project over the last 3 months. Last week, we had 21,900 classifications! We appreciate your posts on the talk boards and your questions for us.
As for myself and Nico, we’ve been working on writing computer code to compile and clean up all of the plate numbers being identified on Star Notes. Every time you transcribe a page on Star Notes, it is also being transcribed by six other volunteers. We then take these seven transcriptions and use a matching algorithm to find the most probable plate numbers on each page. This process is going very well, and we hope to soon connect our findings with the glass plate collection database. We’ve also been working on creating educational materials based on this project.
All of the Henrietta Swan Leavitt pages that are currently up on Star Notes are all of the notebooks that we have by her. Once all of her plate numbers have been identified, probably by next week, all of Leavitt’s plate numbers will have been identified! But no worries, we have plenty more notebooks and astronomers to add to the project.
We’ve also added a new feature on our Talk board to showcase pictures of the female astronomers on our project. As we add new astronomers’ notebooks, we’ll include pictures of these astronomers here. As always, if you have any questions for us, or if there’s anything that we can do to help, you can contact us or find us over on the Talk boards.
Sam and Nico
Star Notes Team