Open-Phylo: a customizable crowd-computing platform for multiple sequence alignment
Daniel Kwak, Alfred Kam, David Becerra, Qikuan Zhou, Adam Hops, Eleyine Zarour, Arthur Kam, Luis Sarmenta, Mathieu Blanchette and Jérôme Waldispühl
Citizen science games such as Galaxy Zoo, Foldit, and Phylo aim to harness the intelligence and processing power generated by crowds of online gamers to solve scientific problems. However, the selection of the data to be analyzed through these games is under the exclusive control of the game designers, and so are the results produced by gamers. Here, we introduce Open-Phylo, a freely accessible crowd-computing platform that enables any scientist to enter our system and use crowds of gamers to assist computer programs in solving one of the most fundamental problems in genomics: the multiple sequence alignment problem.