|Presented By||UC Berkeley|
|Goal||Use idle computer time to assist with scientific research.|
|Task||Volunteer your computer power to a project that interests you.|
BOINC is a program that lets you volunteer your idle computer time to science. BOINC uses the idle time on your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It's safe, secure, and easy!
Volunteer computing supplies more computing power to science than does any other type of computing. This computing power enables scientific research that could not be done otherwise. Volunteer computing also encourages public interest in science, and provides the public with a voice in determining the directions of scientific research.
As seen in Chapter 5 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.
|How to Join||
You can participate in several projects (ensuring that your computer will be kept busy even when one project has no work), and you can control how your computer's resources are divided among these projects.
Choose programs here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php.
Download the BOINC software here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php.
A computer with Internet access.
|Ideal Age Group||Adults|
|Spend the Time||indoors|
|Type of Activity||Exclusively online|
|Tags||computer, crowdsourcing platform, rwjf, volunteer computing|
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