Pause for a moment and think about the 750,000+ classifications achieved by BashTheBug in its first year of existence: that is an enormous number. The next thought is usually who are the 10,000+ volunteers, the Citizen Scientists who contribute their time and energy to the project? We have not yet met any of you – until recently that is. Let me introduce you to Samir, who we met at a public engagement event.
BashTheBug has just got back from the recent European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Madrid, Spain. You can see some descriptive analysis of the first-dataset on this poster (free to access).
BashTheBug was officially launched one year ago today. Since then 10,213 people from all over the world have classified 735,070 images of M. tuberculosis growth, which is one every 43 seconds all year.
You’ve finished three datasets; an initial validation set from seven clinical laboratories from four continents and then two further datasets from two different Asian countries with a high burden of TB. (Well, we are 1,206 classifications short of the 121,305 we need to finish the second country, but you will probably finish that sometime tomorrow!)
Here’s to our second year and our first results, which we will share with you soon.
Researchers from ModMedMicro showed BashTheBug to the public today at the Oxford Natural History Museum as part of Super Science Saturday. Thanks to Nick, Tree, Ali and others!
It has been a while since I provided an update on how many classifications everyone is doing. We are approaching a significant milestone; to date 9,705 people have contributed to BashTheBug! It will be BashTheBug’s first birthday in a bit over a month on Saturday 7 April 2018, so hopefully our 10,000th person will join the project before then!
Overall you’ve done 677,620 classifications as of yesterday! I’ll keep a eye out for when we go over 750,000 classifications.
This is another great example of how volunteers spot things that we, the professional scientists, miss.
Before 2017 slips out of mind, here is a list of all the things that happened in our first year as it has whizzed by
This is a BashTheBug first; a poem about Citizen Science and The Zooniverse that mentions bug bashing!
Head over to Sam Illingworth’s site to check it out (and you can even listen to him read it out if you follow the link at the bottom of the page).
Last week, BashTheBug was invited to Google in London to celebrate winning the Community Award of the inaugural NIHR Let’s Get Digital competition. Myself and Helen Spiers went representing the BashTheBug community and gave a short talk about the work all the Citizen Scientists are doing to improve our understanding of antibiotic resistance in TB.