EVE Online is warping into a sector where hobbies and scientific research intersect. CCP Games announced that it’s partnering up with The Human Protein Atlas to help provide some much-needed crowdsourcing muscle for an important project.
The Swedish research group needs human eyeballs to comb over new protein images to look for anomalies and assign each image to a certain classification. Since this can’t be easily done by computer but can be handed off to an average person with minimal training, this seemed like a good project with which to include a large group of people (i.e., an MMO community).
To incentivize players to participate, CCP is giving ISK and LP to those who help out. The feature is currently on the test server and will come to the game proper on January 28th.