The Zooniverse is the subject of a new artwork co-commissioned by the Open Data Institute and The Space (a website for artists and audiences around the world to create and explore digital art). We Need Us is a ‘living’ dynamic artwork, powered by activity on the Zooniverse, driven by the thriving mass of participation across various Zooniverse sites. You can learn more about it at www.thespace.org/weneedus
It was created by artist Julie Freeman. She takes anonymised information from your clicks, counting the number of volunteers active, and classifications that you all create, every minute. She stores this as sets of values, while also recording the frequency of activity over an hour, a day, and a month. These sets of values create rhythms that are translated into moving shapes, and play different sounds.
You can run the artwork in your web browser by visiting http://www.weneedus.org