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

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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.

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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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Accepted/In Press date: 7 September 2016
Published date: 25 February 2017
Venue - Dates: 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017), United States, 2017-02-25 - 2017-03-01
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 401344
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401344
PURE UUID: 2fbf5a35-e078-44a7-a1ac-6ec160c0876f
ORCID for Neal Reeves: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1044-3943
ORCID for Elena Simperl: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1722-947X

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Date deposited: 17 Oct 2016 09:37
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 18:02

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Author: Neal Reeves ORCID iD
Author: Ramine Tinati
Author: Sergej Zerr
Author: Elena Simperl ORCID iD
Author: Max Van Kleek

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