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Chicago UFO center seeks volunteers

March 20, 2013|By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter | For RedEye

The truth may be out there, but when it comes to UFOs, the truth isn't necessarily on the Internet.

A vast majority of the 70,000 case files, scientific journals, handbooks, government documents and other UFO-related materials compiled by the Center for UFO Studies remain packed away in physical form.

That’s part of the reason the Chicago-based UFO investigation center is seeking young volunteers.

“We’d like to get the information out there and scan-in every case we have and put it online, but you need the technical resources, and it’s a huge job, so we’re looking for help with that,” said Mark Rodeghier, CUFOS scientific director.

Once that happens, Rodeghier believes the amount of raw data available could aid UFO researchers in creating databases.

“With all of the different sightings, people could create maps that showed places where sightings were most common or break down information in categories like type of creature seen or the type of experience,” he said.

For info, visit http://www.cufos.org or email infocenter@cufos.org

Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.

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