… coming soon! Thanks to everyone’s contributions, the Roman DNA Project is currently the best-funded one on #SciFund. And thanks to all of you who’ve been sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and DNA/genealogy sites, the project is starting to get interest from the media. Next week should bring some big big news, so check back early next week to see who’s talking about the Roman DNA Project!
My project has been posted on RocketHub for just under 48 hours, but already I’m 25% of the way to my financial goal! I am simply blown away by the outpouring of both financial and moral support from people around the internet. The project has already been covered by anthro, archaeo, and classics bloggers – Dienekes Pontikos, Shawn Graham, and Rogue Classicism – and even made it to the front page of RocketHub as a featured project. Plus, I’ve gotten about a dozen emails from people interested in genealogy and DNA, all asking good questions about the project and offering me good advice on other potential people to contact to drum up support. I hope that I can sustain this level of interest through the remainder of the #SciFund campaign, and then through analysis, interpretation, and publication.
At the end of the campaign, this blog will become password protected so that my supporters can access news and developments. If you want to get updates, please consider donating to the project – just $10 gets your name on the donors page and access to blog and Twitter feeds.
Early this morning, all of the projects in the #SciFund Challenge went live on the crowdfunding site RocketHub. Along with 50 other scientists, Dr. Killgrove is seeking funding from people like you for DNA analysis of skeletons from ancient Rome. Donations have been coming in throughout the day, and names immediately go up on the Donors page.
The entire #SciFund project has gotten some awesome press from Boing Boing already. This sort of collective attempt at crowdfunding science hasn’t been done before, so we’re all excited to be a part of it. The Roman DNA Project also got a shout-out on Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog, and there’s a lively discussion in the comments section.
If you’re interested in being a part of this project, please head over to RocketHub and make a donation to the Roman DNA Project!
Donors to this project will receive exclusive access to this blog, where I will post the latest updates on analysis, results, and publications from this project and where you can weigh in or ask questions.
Head over to RocketHub in November and make a small donation so that you can get live updates as this pilot project gets off the ground!