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Project Information Project % Complete Major Supported Platforms
Distributed Human Projects
Participate in Mindpixel, a project in which you can help teach an artificially intelligent computer program to think more like a human by asking it questions. ongoing: 1,157,692 mindpixels N/A
Help teach computers to understand human "common sense" in the Open Mind Commonsense project, a project which will create a repository of basic human knowledge.

Users can participate in many activites from describing the things that someone should know to fully understand an event to explaining the relationship between a pair of words or to describing a picture.

ongoing: 10,218 registered users have submitted 492,370 items. N/A
Distributed Proofreaders Help proofread electronic texts for Project Gutenberg at Distributed Proofreaders.

The project has personal stats pages and rankings for proofreaders so that each proofreader can see how he or she is doing compared to other proofreaders.

Join a discussion forum about this project.

ongoing: 777 books completed N/A
Help NASA mark craters on images of Mars in the Clickworkers project. Note: this web-based project requires you to have Netscape 6, Mozilla, or Internet Explorer version 5 or greater.

The pilot project concluded in June, 2001. You can see the results of the study. It isn't known when or whether a new project will begin, but you can still try the tasks that were done in the pilot study.

You can also try some other activities for fun:

The project has already received the results it needs from these activities, so you won't be contributing any useful work, but they are interesting to try.
waiting for next project to begin N/A
Contribute a verse to a song about the New Economy at Geektones - Gods of the New Economy distributed songwriting project. This isn't a serious project, but it's funny :-) ongoing N/A
Track how many keys you type in a year in Project Dolphin. The Win32 client tracks your total number of keystrokes and periodically reports that total to the project server. You can compete against other project members and teams in the stats. This project doesn't really contribute to the greater good of humanity (unless it makes us use more calories by typing more); it's just for fun.

Version 0.95 of the client is available as of February 1, 2002.

Join a realtime IRC chat about the project (server:, channel: #projectdolphin).

ongoing Windows 32
Help find undiscovered comets at the SOHO LASCO Comet Finders' Page. Hundreds of people around the world are looking for undiscovered comets in real-time images from NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a spacecraft which studies the Sun. You can look for comets by downloading images from the site, creating short animations of four or more pictures, and looking for possible comets in the animations.

This is not a true distributed human project (in that it is not organized as a project and does not use specific tools), but you can participate relatively easily. Sebastian's Comet Hunt and Mike's SOHO Comet Hunt have more tips on how to get started finding comets.

ongoing N/A

The following icons may appear in the Supported Platforms section of the table:
dialup-friendlythis project is good for users with dialup Internet access
paid projectthis is a for-pay project
Windows 32this project runs on the Windows 32-bit platform
Linuxthis project runs on the Linux platform
MacOSthis project runs on the Mac OS platform
Solaristhis project runs on the Solaris platform