SETI Live

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SETI Live is a citizen science application that is a collaboration between SETI Institute, TED, Science Channel and Zooniverse. Jill Tarter announced the collaboration on March 12th 2011 on her TED blog and said "millions of people will soon be able to search the ATA data in hopes of finding a signal."[1]

SETI Live was launched February 29th 2012 by Jill Tarter at the annual TED conference in Long Beach, California.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] SETI Live launched with an interesting collection of dual-beam test signals and switched to a live dual-beam ATA signal feed several days later.

SETI Live replaced the setiQuest Explorer app as the setiQuest project's featured Citizen Science app.[10][11]

Contents

Description

Users will "join the search" by performing real-time analysis on 3-beam waterfall plots in the crowded RFI bands that SonATA has been skipping.[12] Users view multi-beam waterfalls, highlight a potentially drifting signal by clicking to apply yellow markers, and finish by applying a classification tag. Users can comment on signals, favorite them, and build collections. Hash #tags are supported in comments and a trending keywords tag cloud is on the main talk page.

It was announced that "the real-time analysis of community members will actually decide what the ATA observes next."[13]

Signal classifications

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The original 4 signal classification options were:

On March 12th 2012 a two tier signal classification system was introduced. An option is selected from the first tier of classifications:

Then an option is selected from the second tier of classifications:

Eliminating the original diagonal option makes sense because drift rate is selected by the two yellow marks connected by a line. The new classification options allow for 3 x 3 = 9 combinations which should improve the science logging aspect of the project.

Badges

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Badges are awarded for reaching different achievement levels. A viral marketing technique of allowing users to share achievements on Twitter and post to Facebook is integrated into SETI Live. Here is a list of the seven different badges, a description of their icons, and the Twitter sharing quote text:

Some of badges are re-awarded after performing an action several times. Most levels are multiples of 5 such as { 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, ... }. Note that after completing the on-line tutorial it appears that the alien badge is awarded. This is just an example of what a badge award looks like. The actual alien badge is reserved for when ET is found.

Goals

Initial science goals:[14]

  1. Users help map out RFI so that SETI Institute can train computers to efficiently ignore it
  2. Maybe a group of Citizen Scientists will spot a non-RFI signal partially hidden in the RFI (ET?).

How it works

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How SETI Live's signal discovery works:

  1. The receiving dishes observe signals from distant stars
  2. The signal is sent to SETI Live
  3. SETI Live creates pictures of the data called Waterfalls
  4. The Waterfall pictures are quickly scruitinized for signal by the Citizen Scientists (you!)
  5. SETI live gathers info about any signals found and sends the info to the ATA
  6. The ATA re-observes, trying to detect the same signal and determine what it is
  7. (repeat)

Walled Garden

Like other Galaxy Zoo projects, a major part of SETI Live is its own integrated forum and comment system. Signal comments are limited to 140 characters and forum comments are unlimited in size. There was concern[15][16] before the launch that this walled garden approach would keep users on the SETI Live website and not encourage participation in the parent setiQuest project. Due to this one-way flow, SETI Live is not expected to increase traffic to the setiQuest forum.

Trivia

References

  1. http://blog.ted.com/2011/05/12/the-search-for-cosmic-company-goes-on/
  2. http://www.seti.org/node/967
  3. http://www.tedprize.org/join-the-search-on-setilive/
  4. http://www.npr.org/2012/02/28/147590627/seti-site-up-again-and-searching-for-intelligent-life
  5. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2108098,00.html?xid=gonewsedit
  6. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/01/BAEH1NDDB7.DTL
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seti-institute/seti-live_b_1310878.html
  8. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46578217/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.T0_ArmNSS8U
  9. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-29/news/chi-want-to-help-find-et-now-you-can-20120229_1_signals-array-of-radio-telescopes-alien-life
  10. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/seti-live-and-alien-encounters
  11. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-02-28#comment-3105
  12. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-01-17
  13. http://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-news/science-ted-and-seti-ask-the-question-are-we-alone/
  14. http://setiquest.org/blog/setilive
  15. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/seti-live-and-alien-encounters
  16. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-01-17
  17. http://blogs.zooniverse.org/blog/2011/05/02/work-at-the-zooniverse-seti-scientist-post/
  18. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-01-31#comment-3044
  19. https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=ZOONIVERSESETI
  20. http://baudline.com/manual/channel_mapping.html#position
  21. https://twitter.com/#!/jilltarter/status/175256211514601475
  22. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-04-10#comment-3184
  23. http://talk.setilive.org/science/discussions/DSL1003fb3
  24. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-05-22#comment-3226
  25. http://setiquest.sigblips.com/seti_live/observation_group_dates.txt
  26. http://talk.setilive.org/science/discussions/DSL1003uep
  27. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/automatic-detection-and-classification-squiggles#comment-3255
  28. http://talk.setilive.org/discussions/DSL1004out
  29. http://blog.setilive.org/2012/06/15/followups-test-party-crashed-by-gremlins-lets-try-again/
  30. http://blog.setilive.org/2012/06/15/followups-test-party-2-starts-late-but-well-keep-going-also-more-testing-next-week/
  31. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-08-21#comment-3321
  32. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-11-13
  33. http://blog.setilive.org/2012/11/09/improved-site-on-its-way/
  34. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-11-13#comment-3518
  35. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-11-27#comment-3539
  36. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-12-04#comment-3557
  37. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-12-11#comment-3621

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