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    Criminal Characters

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Who committed offenses, and why? You can help researchers find out by transcribing the records of persons imprisoned from the 1850s through to the 1940s.

    Drawing on history, criminology, and law, this research project will transform understandings of crime and its history by capturing the first large-scale data on the life histories and offending patterns of Australian criminals across a period extending from the end of the convict era to the beginning of the Second World War.

    How did these changing socio-historic contexts and the turbulent events they encompassed affect individual involvement in criminal offending? Are the people revealed by the records the sorts of characters that the public expects? Or will there be surprises?

    • Area of InterestCrime | Law | Rehabilitation, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
    • Transferable Skills - Communication
    • Transferable Skills - Data Collection
    • Transferable Skills - Digital Literacy
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    Star Notes

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Help Star Notes transcribe the groundbreaking work of early women astronomers.

    The goal of this project is to preserve the work of early astronomers. Many of these astronomers made great strides not only in the field of astronomy but also in gender equality. By understanding the way that the universe looked in the late 1800s/early 1900s, we can understand how the universe has changed and how our understanding of astronomy has developed.

    Project PHaEDRA is an initiative by the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. PHaEDRA stands for Preserving Harvard’s Early Data and Research in Astronomy. The goal of the project is to catalog, digitize, transcribe, and create metadata for over 2,500 notebooks produced by early 20th-century women computers at the Harvard College Observatory. These women made advancements and discoveries in the field of astronomy, many of which are still used today. We hope that this project will make this remarkable set of items accessible in the future. Modern researchers will be able to connect these notebooks with the physical glass plate photographs that the astronomers used to make their discoveries.

    • Area of InterestVirtual | Volunteering From Home
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    Post Pals

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    ‘Post a Smile on a Sick Child’s Face’ by the sending of cards, letters, emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK. It couldn’t be easier for anyone of any age to get involved, requires no commitment and costs only a stamp and 5 minutes of your time.

    There are many ways to get involved in Post Pals and it couldn’t be easier! In less than 5 minutes you can make a child smile… and for some of the children it might be their only smile that day.

    Sending post – You can send post from anywhere in the world, no matter how old or young you are. You are welcome to send something as a one off or on a regular basis. You don’t need to register, just go to ‘Find Pals’, read through the current children’s pages (we also send post to some siblings of memorial Pals) and pick a child. You can send a hand written card/note, make one or order one from sites like MoonPig and Funky Pigeon, you can also send a gift (again this could be a bought one or handmade). Pop it in the post to the address on the child’s page and know that you have made a child smile!

    • Area of InterestAnimals | Wildlife | Environment, Business | Leadership, Campaigning | Fundraising | Advocacy, Children | Young People | Families, Crime | Law | Rehabilitation, Disability, Design | Marketing | Media, Drugs | Addictions, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
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    Surfify: Donating In Your Sleep

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    It costs the person playing the album absolutely nothing, but the more the album is played, the more money is raised for SurfAid via Spotify’s royalty payments. So we’ve made donating to a great cause so easy, you can even do it in your sleep.

    It costs the person playing the album absolutely nothing, but the more the album is played, the more money is raised for SurfAid via Spotify’s royalty payments. So we’ve made donating to a great cause so easy, you can even do it in your sleep.

    Step 1 - Find the SurfAid album on Spotify and click play. It’s an album of short tracks filled with sounds of the surf.

    Step 2 - When you listen to it, Spotify pays us a royalty fee per track played. So even if you stream SurfAid on repeat while you sleep, you’ll still be donating.

    Step 3 - The more you play, and the more friends you share it with, the more money you’re raising for SurfAid. Best of all, it costs you nothing!

    • Area of InterestAnimals | Wildlife | Environment, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
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    Become a Dementia Friend

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Complete your Dementia Friends training to become a dementia friend!

    A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.

    • Area of InterestHealth | Social | Elderly Care, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
    • Personal Attributes - Cultural Awareness
    • Transferable Skills - Communication
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    Be My Eyes

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    As a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.

    Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.

    Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.


    Download the app here; https://www.bemyeyes.com/

    • Area of InterestHealth | Social | Elderly Care, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
    • Personal Attributes - Critical Thinking
    • Personal Attributes - Emotional Intelligence
    • Personal Attributes - Time Management
    • Transferable Skills - Communication
    • Transferable Skills - Following Instructions
    • Transferable Skills - Interpersonal Skills
    • Transferable Skills - Managing tasks
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    Chimp & See

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Can chimpanzee behaviour tell us more about the origins of humanity? In this research project, you will be scanning videos and supporting international research identifying species.

    You can watch videos to help us learn about chimps and humans.
    For this project, we have collected nearly 7,000 hours of footage, reflecting various chimpanzee habitats, from camera traps in 15 countries across Africa. (We are also collecting a wide variety of organic samples from these sites, such as feces, hair, and plant matter, and information on the ecology and environment of each habitat.) By scanning the videos from these traps and identifying the types of species and activity that you see, you’ll help us to understand the lives of these apes—their behaviours, relationships, and environments—and to extrapolate new ideas about human origins.

    • Area of InterestAnimals | Wildlife | Environment, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
    • Personal Attributes - Time Management
    • Transferable Skills - Data Collection
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    LibriVox

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet.

    LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet.

    LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet. Practically, this means we record books published before 1923. All our recordings (including yours, if you volunteer for us) are also donated into the public domain.

    We record books in all languages.

    You do not need any prior experience to volunteer for LibriVox, nor do you need to audition or send us samples. All you need is your voice, some free software, your computer, and maybe an inexpensive microphone.

    We have a number of different types of projects:

    • collaborative: many volunteers contribute chapters of a long text
    • solo: one volunteer reads an entire book
    • short works (prose and poetry): short works and poetry!
    • dramatic works: “actors” record parts, all edited together.
    • other languages: projects in languages other than English.

    Get involved here; https://librivox.org/pages/volunteer-for-librivox/

    • Area of InterestVirtual | Volunteering From Home
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    Plastic Litter Project: Coastal Litter Mapping

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Plastic Litter Project needs YOU to make our beaches cleaner using Drones and Artificial Intelligence.

    In a relatively short period, the attributes of plastic initially perceived to be positive characteristics - convenience and longevity - have shifted to pose a widespread environmental problem. Within the marine context, millions of tonnes of plastic enter our oceans annually. The economic cost to marine natural capital alone is estimated to range from $3300–$33,000 per ton of plastic per year.

    Where all of you can help?
    Here is where we need YOUR valuable help to classify images contain marine litter. You will help us create a dataset for our deep learning algorithms and help our team to map marine litter accumulation. The more images you classify, the better the machine learning algorithms get.

    • Area of InterestAnimals | Wildlife | Environment, Virtual | Volunteering From Home
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    World Architecture Unlocked

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    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Transcribe one of the most comprehensive and mysterious collections of architectural photography in the world.

    Capturing buildings and monuments from across the globe and throughout the ages, The Courtauld's Conway Library collections are an invaluable resource for research.

    For the first time in its history, this collection of over 1 million images is being ordered, accessioned and digitised by a fantastic team of volunteers as part of our ongoing digitisation project.

    Once digitised, the entire collection will be made publicly accessible online, for free.

    We want as many people as possible to be able to access the images, which is why we need your help to transcribe the information in each individual image.
    Your transcription will allow photographs to be searchable by the information you're noting down (by city, town, architect, date and description) and will reveal the secrets of this collection for the first time.

    To find out more about the project, take a look at our blog.
    https://blog.courtauld.ac.uk/digitalmedia

    • Area of InterestVirtual | Volunteering From Home
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