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An investigation of player motivations in Eyewire, a gamified citizen science project

Tinati, Ramine, Luczak-Roesch, Markus, Simperl, Elena and Hall, Wendy (2017) An investigation of player motivations in Eyewire, a gamified citizen science project Computers in Human Behavior, pp. 1-29.

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Sustained engagement of participants is essential for the success of a citizen science project. However, the motivations of why people engage with such activities can be idiosyncratic, varied, and evolving. In this article we examine player participation in Eyewire, a citizen science game. We undertake an investigation of why Eyewire players take part in the game based on responses from a large-scale survey. Our analysis identifies 4 groups of features which impact participation and long-term engagement. We draw on theories of motivation and consider the 4 categories with respect to the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations of engagement. We assimilate our findings into a framework of volunteer participation for gamified citizen science, which draws on existing design frameworks, in order to support the design of future crowdsourced science projects.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 December 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 January 2017
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 404286
ISSN: 0747-5632
PURE UUID: 3e3114dc-28ba-4105-bcf9-da9eac76d3da
ORCID for Elena Simperl: ORCID iD
ORCID for Wendy Hall: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 05 Jan 2017 11:57
Last modified: 16 Oct 2017 22:29

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Author: Ramine Tinati
Author: Markus Luczak-Roesch
Author: Elena Simperl ORCID iD
Author: Wendy Hall ORCID iD

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