The Snake ID Challenge (Phases 1 & 2)
In Phase 1 of the Snake ID Challenge (March 2019) we showed images of snakes already classified by experts to citizen scientists and asked them to identify as many snakes as possible at the species, genus, or family level. We studied the competence (and speed) of the crowd in matching the expert identification. In Phase 2 (Autumn 2019), unclassified images were shown, and again citizen scientists identified which species are in the images. This time it was to create a new dataset.
A big thank you to everyone who took part in these two challenges! Every single contribution brings us closer to our overall goal: to protect snakes and humans and to support the treatment of snake bite. But this was only the beginning, other challenges have followed and will follow in the future. They are held on the new platform – our Citizen Science Project Builder. Stay tuned and become part of those challenges as well.