‘We Need Us’ uses classification and user data from . The data is accessed in real-time via an a API (application programming interface). Each time a user logins and classifies a piece of data on any project in the Zooniverse, some metadata about that action is stored in a database and is published as a live feed.

‘We Need Us’ takes the Zooniverse metadata and stores it in a useful format in a new database. The metadata is processed to create more metadata to provide dynamic input into the sound and animation engines we use.