I have posted many times about Cosmoquest.org. This site is the brainchild of Pamela Gay and a host of others who were looking to create a website of high-quality citizen science.
To that end, Cosmoquest brought together a variety of different programs, such as Moon Mappers, to introduce the public to web-based tasks that result in real science being done. This was not only successful, but also spawned Mercury and Vesta Mappers. Cosmoquest also began hosting astronomy classes and promoting science for educators.
Additionally, Cosmoquest took to Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus to spread the good word of Citizen Science in an attempt to create a more scienc-y society. Twitter and Facebook do not a community make; and Google Plus, as good as it is, has it’s limitations. So Fraser Cain and Pamela Gay stuck a deal to transition the Bad Astronomy, Universe Today Forums over to the Cosmoquest website. Fraser and Pamela are the long time presenters of The Astronomy Cast and placing the forum under the umbrella of the CQ seemed like a great way to combine efforts and cut costs.
The BAUT forums are no strangers to change. A few months ago, I released through some quirk, that I had been a member of each forum before the merger of the BABB and UT and then again when CQ merged its forum with the BAUT. This week, I noticed that I joined over ten years ago.
This transition was kicked off about a year ago and was working well until the sequestration kicked in and funding via grants became tight, then non-existent. On top of that problem, many of other setbacks were dealt to the CQ. Paperwork problems, no money for improvements already in progress, and whatever else could go wrong transitioning a customized VBulletin board all the way across a continent, from Fraser’s place in Canada to Pamela’s place in the U.S., happened.
Stuff just got real for CQ.
Last week, the sequestration was a problem; today it is a stake in the heart. Money is now critical for a website that is so dependent on servers, bandwidth and the staff needed to make the content “go”.
Please consider donating to Cosmoquest. You may use Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can mail a check to:
P.O. Box 804
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Anything you can do would be appreciated.
If money isn’t possible, passing the word along by sharing a link or reviewing a ‘cast or even just joining the forum or citizen science projects to show your support would be great.