From crowd to community: a survey of online community features in citizen science projects


Reeves, Neal, Tinati, Ramine, Zerr, Sergej, Simperl, Elena and Van Kleek, Max (2017) From crowd to community: a survey of online community features in citizen science projects At 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017), United States. 25 Feb - 01 Mar 2017. 17 pp. (doi:10.1145/2998181.2998302).

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Online citizen science projects have been increasingly used in a variety of disciplines and contexts to enable large-scale scientific research. The successes of such projects have encouraged the development of customisable platforms to enable anyone to run their own citizen science project. However, the process of designing and building a citizen science project remains complex, with projects requiring both human computation and social aspects to sustain user motivation and achieve project goals. In this paper, we conduct a systematic survey of 48 citizen science projects to identify common features and functionality. Supported by online community literature, we use structured walkthroughs to identify different mechanisms used to encourage volunteer contributions across four dimensions: task visibility, goals, feedback, and rewards. Our findings contribute to the ongoing discussion on citizen science design and the relationship between community and microtask design for achieving successful outcomes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1145/2998181.2998302
Venue - Dates: 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017), United States, 2017-02-25 - 2017-03-01
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Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 401344
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Date Event
7 September 2016Accepted/In Press
25 February 2017Published
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 09:37
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 10:21
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401344

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