Arfon Smith

Arfon Smith
Technical Lead: Galaxy Zoo, University of Oxford

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Dr Arfon Smith is Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Technical Lead of the Zooniverse ( He leads a team of developers, educators and scientists who build citizen science projects across a range of disciplines including astrophysics and papyrology. He gained a PhD in Astrochemistry from The University of Nottingham (2006) and subsequently worked as a senior software developer in the production software group at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge (UK). In 2008 he joined the Zooniverse team at University of Oxford and has coordinated the development of more than 20 citizen science projects and grown the Zooniverse community to more than 680,000 volunteers.


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Arfon Smith (University of Oxford)
Dealing with the flood of data that confronts researchers is the fundamental challenge of 21st century research. Citizen Science has allowed researchers within the Zooniverse to take on research problems at a scale impossible without the attention of a large community of volunteers. Read more.


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