Exploring the global adoption of citizen science

Tinati, Ramine, Luczak-Roesch, Markus, Simperl, Elena and Hall, Wendy (2015) Exploring the global adoption of citizen science At 2nd GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium, Germany. 02 - 03 Dec 2015. 3 pp.


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In recent years there has been a growing interest toward the application of Web-based citizen science platforms. Such platforms use crowdsourcing techniques to support scientific advancements, and in several cases, have lead to new scientific discoveries which were not originally considered. Our work explores the highly successful Web-based citizen science platform, Zooniverse, a crowdsourcing platform with a userbase of over 1 million participants who volunteer
their free time to support scientific enquiries. We focus on the growth of the Zooniverse platform, which has evolved from a rudimentary crowdsourcing platform where users were presented with tasks, into a platform which has become a rich community of citizen scientists, discussion, and interaction. Building upon existing research into the motivations and design considerations of developing and sustaining citizen science projects, this paper explores the space of citizen science engagement within the Zooniverse, and ask the question of whether citizen science has become a worldwide activity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: 2nd GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium, Germany, 2015-12-02 - 2015-12-03
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 384395
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2 December 2015Published
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 13:31
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 04:44
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384395

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