This is a talk given by Carolina Ödman-Govender, given at the re:publica 13 meeting, on May 8 2013. She gives a fine general introduction to the value of crowdsourcing in astronomy, and invites people to get in touch with her if they want get involved.
After introducing us to human impact on the Universe (“a small footprint”), she talks about SETi@home as an example of a computing project in which citizen scientists can participate. But the real power comes in harnessing the power of the human mind, especially its ability to recognize patterns. Carolina then talked about the impact of the Galaxy Zoo project, and goes on to talk about the impact of crowdsourcing in her home, South Africa.
An impressive and enthusiastic talk – I recommend it.