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Crowdsourcing San Francisco Bay

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Alma ShoonerPhoto: Joshua Cassidy

A historic scaw schooner that once hauled goods around San Francisco Bay is now part of an online crowdsourcing history project about the bay.

Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis is asking people to dig out old photos, letters, maps and other documents about the bay and people who lived and worked on it.

It’s all part of "Year of the Bay-2013" and to help launch it the Alma schooner sailed today from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s pier to Hunters Point, the site of where she was built in 1891.

Alma Schooner in Hunters PointPhoto: Joshua Cassidy

The new SF Bay history project is part of a big year coming up for the Bay which includes the America’s Cup Races, the opening of a new span of the Bay Bridge and the 150th anniversary of the Port of San Francisco. “Year of the Bay” will also be celebrated with an exhibit called “Curating the Bay” at the California Historical Society and an exhibit at the Oakland Museum.

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Andrea is KQED's Senior Science Editor . Andrea was born in Los Angeles and discovered radio news through listening to her college radio station. With a curious mind and a love for telling stories, she set off for Tampa where she landed her first job as a reporter for Florida Public Radio. After three years reporting in an unbearably humid climate and a brief stint as a miscast opera reporter, Andrea returned to L.A. to work for public radio, then for television news and finally as a reporter for CBS radio. Andrea has been at KQED for over twelve years, working first as a producer for Forum, and then as the senior producer for The California Report. She is now KQED's Senior Science and Environment Editor and narrates the QUEST television program. Andrea says she feels lucky to cover emerging science and environmental trends in a place where geek is chic.