Citizen Science – Crowdsourcing

In recent years numerous initiatives involving the general public in academic research have been developed. In general, they are called “citizen science”. In these initiatives the general public is invited to help in labor intensive tasks in a variety of domains, from categorizing galaxies to mapping extinct animals and even in the humanities. Crowdsourcing initiatives are bidirectional, they are intended not only to expose scientific research to the general public in an understandable manner and to engage the public in performing scientific research but also to get scientists and scholars out of their ivory tower and to deepen the connection and collaboration between society and academia. Tikkoun Sofrim is the second crowdsourcing initiative of elijah lab at the University of Haifa and follows its predecessor scribes of the Cairo Geniza