University of California Researchers Call People who can Decipher Decades-Old Field Notes

University of California Researchers Call People who can Decipher Decades-Old Fi

Researchers are looking for such people who can decipher felid notes and identify insect specimens which are over a decade old. Researchers and archivists from University of California have announced that interested volunteers can look at the specimens and after that they can submit their transcription online using Calbug system of Berkeley University.

Calbug is a citizen science project which attracts public so that they can manage larger records collected from drawers, jars and bookshelves present in natural history museums throughout the world. Calbug joined hands with two other natural history collections so that they can create notes from nature. One of the natural history museums focused on plants and other focused on birds.

Kipling Will, who is co-investigator of Calbug and also associate professor of Environmental, Science Policy and Management at the university, said that the project turns people on by letting them know that they are contributing to science in a better and meaningful way.

Principal investigator of the Calbug project Rosemary Gillespie, who is also director of the Essig Museum, said, "'Without the help of citizen scientists, processing the sheer volume of records held in natural history collections - estimated to be well over 2 billion worldwide - would take generations".

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