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Main Project Information
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.
Where Online only

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:

Download the BOINC software here:

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Required Gear

A computer with Internet access.

Ideal Age Group Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags computer, crowdsourcing platform, rwjf, volunteer computing
Project Updated 08/03/2017