Issue number one hundred and twentyone (January 2011) in a series of Signposts from the WorldU3A Service, sent once a month to U3A members anywhere in the world.

Please send snippets of possible interest to the editor, Tom Holloway.
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Sci/Tech Groups:The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Our current projects are here but plenty more are on the way. If you're new to the Zooniverse, we suggest picking a project and diving in - the same account will get you into all of our projects, and you can keep track of what you've contributed by watching 'My Zooniverse'.

The Zooniverse and the suite of projects it contains is produced, maintained and developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The member institutions of the CSA work with many academic and other partners around the world to produce projects that use the efforts and ability of volunteers to help scientists and researchers deal with the flood of data that confronts them.
Thank you Ron Atkinson - Stockton U3A, UK

NORA was founded by a group of residents associations who were concerned about the local threat to their environment and who needed advice on Planning, Licensing, Traffic management, Car parking, Community safety and other such issues.

Members can request help from other members, which can be obtained quickly by pooling our experience. New members are welcome from anywhere in the United Kingdom and the more associations that join, the more influence we have.

Free Basic Computer and IT Skills Training at ALISON ABC IT is a free, online, self-certifiable course which comprehensively introduces the beginner and near beginner to IT literacy. ABC IT introduces the learner to the very basic concepts of computing and teaches how computing can be an everyday feature of life and work. This free online training course provides learners with the IT skills so necessary in today's workplace. It covers basic Microsoft Office computer applications and touch typing training.
Thank you Jeanette Morgan, U3A U.K.
Please welcome the new addition to our project MYU3A - submitted by Joy Davies, Acting Chair, Isle of Skye U3A
Members: We are a very new U3A, having launched just a few months ago in September 2010. Current membership is 43.

Activities: Monthly meetings are held in Portree and we already have a variety of interest groups, meeting in various points around the island. Interest groups include photography, art, walking, archaeology, genealogy, literature and dog owner training (yes that’s right, dog OWNER training - they believe it is the owners who need training, not the dogs)

To mark the 20th Adult Learners' Week next year (14 - 20 May 2011) - the UK's largest festival of learning - NIACE is seeking nominations for inspirational adult learners that will be recognised through May's Adult Learners' Week Awards. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 28 January 2011. Find out more about nominating online, or phone the Adult Learners' Week team on 0116 204 4200.

To celebrate 20 years of Adult Learners' Week, NIACE is also seeking past winners to share their stories and talk about how learning has transformed their life. Past winners can get in touch by emailing or by going online. Click on to learn more.

Do you have a friend/relative who is new to computers? These are impressive, free Google support mini lessons for computer beginners, although a bit condescending (enthusiastic young people tend to forget that it was our generation that invented all this stuff).
When you travel abroad you may find that your trusty cell phone doesn't work in foreign countries. Bob Rankin explains why and suggests alternatives
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