Hi, fellow “eyewirer”.
Hi to all Eyewirers!
This is my first post, altough I played quite a lot with Eyewire, since it has started (the scores were low when I began!).
First of all, congrats to the developers and scientists behind, I find Eyewire one of the most addictive citizen science projects! And it keeps getting better!
I have an idea on how to get more people engaged. Well, actually on how to get people more engaged.
The idea is to make a personal gallery for each user to save their favourite neurons (or better, in which every neuron gets saved, so one can later choose their favourite ones). Then, make it easy for users to link and post them in the forum, to showcase the most beautiful and interesting ones. Some threads could be dedicated to particular/recurrent shapes, and discussions would stem from that.
To make it work, I think the gallery should display the 3D box for each neuron, and also in the forum, small 3D boxes are needed to showcase them. There is no other way to see them!
Do you think is possible to implement something like that? (all those 3D boxes would be resource intensive…). Other users, what do you think? Please comment!
(Back to eyewiring now…)
@eluchinat I’m just behind you on the leaderboard I like the neuron gallery idea. You could save and share not only your favorite neurons, but captions like “the ice skater” and “the iceberg” given by @joseerre. Both of those are really funny.
Teams are a big plus - take a look at FoldIT (fold.it). I don’t participate in teams any more, but most people seem to like them. They also do a wiki that is maintained by the players and is fairly comprehensive (and there are multilingual variants).
@eluchinat It should be possible to set up discussions which include the 3d view of a task/nuron. I think to avoid melting people’s computers, we’ve have to restrict it to 1 per thread. But as Sebastian has mentioned, we’ve got a lot on our plates at the moment. We might not be able to set this up right away.
@joseerre had fun with static 3D views. That’s all we need for the gallery, and won’t be computationally intensive.
Why not jump on the Hollywood bandwagon, and go all Hunger Games on this thing, by eliminating the lowest scoring contestant from the human population until only one is left
Perhaps we should use Stack Exchange as a building block for this instead? Probably EyeWire isn’t big enough to make it through the Area51 proposal process yet, but it’s something worth keeping in mind if it were to grow more.The Q&A format of Stack Exchange works very well. Also, I believe some of the more science like questions which are asked here are perfectly acceptable on the already established Cognitive Sciences SE site (when it relates to cognition) or on Biology SE (when it doesn’t relate to cognition but solely the physiological aspect). Of course you can link them to EyeWire in your questions.
I may have a potential team(s) for eyewire. I’m taking a nervous system course at the College of Westchester in NY in May. I told my current professor about the citizens science project a month or so ago and she recently asked me about signing her nervous system classes up to eyewire next semester. I offered to ferret out the info. The recent updates would make it pretty easy for professors to track their students.
It would be pretty remarkable if we could get schools across the globe collectively mapping connectomes as school and/or regional teams.
Write the Wikipedia article for Eyewire. Right now there’s only a brief mention. See the Foldit article for an example of what the article for Eyewire should look like. People looking for human computation games to play will then be able to find information about Eyewire.
@whatthecode That is a great idea. I like stack exchange too. That’s actually a large part of the reason that I chose this forum system. It includes a lot of the same things that they do including, if we want to use it, a karmaesque system with badges and stuff. The reason that I prefer this to a stack overflow site is that this allows us to have discussions too, not just Q&A.
I’ve started the EyeWire Wikipedia page. Please help improve it with corrected information, technical data, history, references, and so on.
I've started the EyeWire Wikipedia page. Please help improve it with corrected information, technical data, history, references, and so on.
I’ll take a look in a couple of weeks @robertb before creating the Spanish version
I’m no Star Trek fan but, is it me or this looks like the USS Enterprise?
EyeWire team: I’ve gone as far as I can with the EyeWire article on Wikipedia by scouring whatever information I could find on the EyeWire pages, the WiredDifferently pages, and the forum. We need a section on the history of the project (if indeed there were any precursors that Sebastian worked on, and perhaps how he came up with the idea of using human computation for EyeWire), and the article needs to be checked for accuracy.