LiSC, in collaboration with the University of Lincoln Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Centre, have created Tagpuss, a web project that aims to investigate how people interpret the emotions of cats. Users are invited to contribute by tagging cat photographs. Each picture tagged will support the research and anyone can help as there is no need for any special skills. The website is free, easy to use, and is currently available to everyone.
The first aim of the Tagpuss study is to investigate the feasibility of using “citizen science” to study the field of animal behaviour. Secondly, we wish to investigate the feasibility of studying the field of attribution of emotions to animals and develop hypotheses to drive further research in the field.
To date, the study has been incredibly successful with over 66K tags submitted to our repository of 1603 cat photographs from over 6000 active users. We recently introduced the capability for users of the site to enter their own tags for any image and also to upload their own cat photographs which will be available for tagging in the near future.
Tagpuss is currently live and you can start tagging straight away at: http://thesocialapp.internal.lincoln.ac.uk/tagpuss/