Tenth anniversary


Imagine gazing at an image taken from orbit around Mars, looking at the terrain below and characterizing what you see. Imagine the next day looking at scallops and starfish and coral on the Atlantic Ocean floor from about two feet away. And imagine that the following day, as you view an image from the Serengeti, you are surprised by an African elephant peering so closely at the camera that you can only see its eye and part of its trunk.

These are some of the things our company has been doing lately, as we celebrate more than ten years in business. We've been assisting small businesses and independent researchers since 2006 in a variety of natural and social science research projects and support activities.

We are especially proud of our internship program for county high school students. During the past six years, we hired over 100 interns who performed many thousands of analysis tasks for the research projects listed here.


Classify galaxies by their shape. (Galaxy Zoo)

Annotate images to measure and characterize galactic bars. (Galaxy Zoo: Bar Lengths)

Annotate images to mark bubbles, star clusters, extended green objects, galaxies, and other objects. (The Milky Way Project)

Characterize the amplitude and type of warp in edge-on spiral galaxies. (Poppin' Galaxy)

Compare and calibrate infrared images with radio images of galaxies. (Radio Galaxy Zoo)

Analyze star light curves in an archive of over 20 million observations collected since 1911, with some data as far back as 1845. (American Association of Variable Star Observers)

Planetary and solar science

Analyze imagery to find near-Earth asteroids. (Asteroid Zoo)

Identify and map exotic terrain types in the south polar region of Mars. (Planet Four: Terrains)

Mark fan and blotch features that appear on the frozen carbon dioxide ice during the winter months on Mars. (Planet Four)

Distinguish dusty debris disks around stars (which can form planets). (Disk Detective)

Track coronal mass ejections from the Sun. (Solar Stormwatch)

Analyze star light, looking for planetary transits. (Planet Hunters)

Ocean and land life

Find kelp forest canopies in Landsat imagery over the past 30 years. (Floating Forests)

Annotate close-ups of plankton taken by underwater imagers in the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. (Plankton Portal)

Transcribe old observations of tree life cycle events such as flowering, leaf shedding, and fruit dispersion. (Jungle Rhythms)

Extract information from three centuries of orchid drawings and photographs. (Orchid Observers)

Analyze seasonally changing plant features from remote cameras in North America and Europe. (Season Spotter)

Animal life

Classify the animals in camera trap images from the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Snapshot Serengeti)

Identify animals in images from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. (Wildcam Gorongosa)

Annotate animal images from Western Australia's jarrah forest. (Western Shield - Camera Watch)

Identify species and ground cover in seafloor images along the American northeast continental shelf. (Seafloor Explorer)

Identify wildlife found in urban settings using motion triggered cameras. (Chicago Wildlife Watch)

Identify California condor tag numbers and characterize condor social behavior and social structure. (Condor Watch)

Identify chimpanzee species and activity from video camera traps in 15 countries in Africa. (Chimp & See)

Mark images for adult and chick penguins and eggs, from sites around the Southern Ocean. (Penguin Watch)

Identify and count whales and dolphins in opportunistic photographs taken at the sea surface. (Snapshots at Sea)

Annotate photographs of tail patterns to identify individual humpback whales. (Whales as Individuals)

Annotate images of wildebeests caught in cameras from the Snapshot Serengeti project. (Wildebeest Watch)

Human life

Analyze images of breast cancer samples and tumor samples. (Cell Slider)

Solve ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecule folding puzzles to inspire the design of molecular medicines. (EteRNA)

Solve protein folding puzzles to predict structure and to design new proteins. (Foldit)

Help identify proteins using electron microscope images. (Microscopy Masters)

Annotate videos of nematode worms laying eggs in genetics research. (Worm Watch Lab)


Search for exotic decays in particle collisions. (Higgs Hunters)

Analyze weather satellite infrared images to classify tropical cyclones over the last 40 years. (Cyclone Center)

Mark and annotate images of animals to train machine learning systems. (Computer Vision: Serengeti)

Mark and annotate animal faces in images in order to train deep neural networks. (Understanding Animal Faces)

Classify the similarity and dissimilarity of spatial patterns of hydrological variables at a water catchment area in Denmark. (Pattern Perception)


Transcribe ancient Greek text on papyrus fragments from the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. The fragments date from the 1st century BCE to the 7th century CE. (Ancient Lives)

Transcribe unit diaries of the British Army on the Western Front in World War I. (Operation War Diary)

Classify the drawings of scientists and members of the public who were working together during the Victorian period. (Science Gossip)

Transcribe diaries, letters, and sketchbooks from British artists including Josef Herman, Barbara Hepworth and Kurt Schwitters. (AnnoTate)


In addition to the projects our interns assisted, Keystone Research Solutions helped organizations and individuals:

We gathered and analyzed questionnaire responses for a study on interpersonal communication difficulties at the scene of medical, police, and fire emergencies.

We built an automated web-based tool to gather time-changing data and present it alongside reference information.

We built a web-based analysis tool for case scenarios involving American immigration law.

We designed an activity and status report online system for a Maryland-wide veteran association with 70+ field offices and 20,000+ members.

We scanned corporate historical documents dating back to the 1940s in the offices of an association in downtown Baltimore.

We proofread the dissertation of a doctoral candidate.

We recorded oral history stories, scanned documents, and photographed artifacts for a group of senior citizens.

We scanned 12 years' worth of paper notes and documents and photographs for a genealogy researcher.

We expanded the Odenton Heritage Society museum exhibit for local military members lost in action from World War I through 9/11.

It's been a great ten years, and we're excited for the next ten!