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Researchers Enlist Public to Sort More than 1 Million Bugs Online

Insect aficionados from across the world can now become part of a UC Berkeley entomology research team through a new citizen science project, which officially launched last Wednesday.

CalBug, a project initiated by UC Berkeley’s Essig Museum of Entomology to digitize insect specimens, will employ volunteer archivists to catalog and sort through more than one million samples. CalBug will collaborate with Notes from Nature, an online crowdsourcing platform, to speed up the digitization of the immense collection. The project aims to digitize 1 million species in five years.

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