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A Framework for Classifying Participant Motivation that Considers the Typology of Citizen Science Projects

Maryam Lotfian, Jens Ingensand, Maria Antonia Brovelli
2020 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information  
Studies on participants of citizen science projects illustrate that there is an association between participant motivation and the type of contribution to projects.  ...  Volunteers are the heart of citizen science projects; therefore, understanding their motivation and how to sustain their participation is the key to success in any citizen science project.  ...  Acknowledgments: The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the BioPocket team especially the Media Engineering Institute of HEIG-VD for their interesting input during the meetings.  ... 
doi:10.3390/ijgi9120704 fatcat:ln2ghzi5wrfudjse3zkjhl7kmm

The Information Content of Biodiversity Datasets is Affected by Patterns of Citizen Science Participation both Between and Within Projects

Michael Pocock, Tom August, Richard Fox, Mark Logie
2019 Biodiversity Information Science and Standards  
However, in order to use citizen science effectively we need to understand better the patterns of people's participation in projects considering variation in participation between citizen science approaches  ...  Overall, variation in participation, both between projects and between individuals within projects, contributes to variation in the information content (and hence the usefulness) of citizen science datasets  ...  Overall, variation in participation, both between projects and between individuals within projects, contributes to variation in the information content (and hence the usefulness) of citizen science datasets  ... 
doi:10.3897/biss.3.38435 fatcat:yl343vee3fhhpah3gjes4giflq

Sharing biodiversity data: citizen scientists' concerns and motivations

Wessel Ganzevoort, Riyan J. G. van den Born, Willem Halffman, Sander Turnhout
2017 Biodiversity and Conservation  
Citizen scientists play a pivotal role in providing necessary biodiversity data.  ...  Our findings show that a connection to, interest in and concern for nature are the most important motivations for biodiversity recorders.  ...  Acknowledgements This research was funded by NLBIF, the Dutch node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). We thank Cees Hof (University of Amsterdam) and Henk de Vries (Dutch  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10531-017-1391-z fatcat:p2ybpa4zazbpbeswcvfmyeidmu

Biodiversity citizen science: Outcomes for the participating citizens

Maria Peter, Tim Diekötter, Tim Höffler, Kerstin Kremer, André Mascarenhas
2021 People and Nature  
We investigated whether and to what extent biodiversity citizen science (BDCS) projects, from the participants' self-reported perspective, achieve the following six participant outcomes: (a) content, process  ...  Citizen science (CS) is regarded as a promising format in environmental and sustainability education as well as in science education.  ...  Biodiversity Citizen Science (BDCS) projects involve citizens in identifying and monitoring biological diversity and collecting biodiversity data (Theobald et al., 2015) .  ... 
doi:10.1002/pan3.10193 fatcat:2dv7crpkwvfmbfwiiscbl4womi

A niche of their own: variations of information practices in biodiversity citizen science

Björn Ekström
2021 Journal of Documentation  
PurposeInformation practices become highly complex in biodiversity citizen science projects due to the projects' large scale, distributed setting and vast inclusion of participants.  ...  This study aims to contribute to knowledge concerning what variations of information practices can be found in biodiversity citizen science and what these practices may mean for the overall collaborative  ...  As part of the participant recruitment process, all participants received information of, and gave their written permission and consent to, being included in the study and having personal information collected  ... 
doi:10.1108/jd-07-2021-0146 fatcat:jke6xnvvs5b5rlj252msmkegxa

Improving big citizen science data: Moving beyond haphazard sampling

Corey T. Callaghan, Jodi J. L. Rowley, William K. Cornwell, Alistair G. B. Poore, Richard E. Major
2019 PLoS Biology  
Citizen science is mainstream: millions of people contribute data to a growing array of citizen science projects annually, forming massive datasets that will drive research for years to come.  ...  Many citizen science projects implement a "leaderboard" framework, ranking the contributions based on number of records or species, encouraging further participation.  ...  For at least a subset of citizen scientists, a primary motivation of participation is to contribute to science [72, 73] , suggesting that these participants are likely willing to improve their sampling  ... 
doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000357 pmid:31246950 pmcid:PMC6619805 fatcat:mkmsovqcxrannnvxqziwtkqm6m

Developing Mobile Applications for Environmental and Biodiversity Citizen Science: Considerations and Recommendations [chapter]

Soledad Luna, Margaret Gold, Alexandra Albert, Luigi Ceccaroni, Bernat Claramunt, Olha Danylo, Muki Haklay, Renzo Kottmann, Christopher Kyba, Jaume Piera, Antonella Radicchi, Sven Schade (+1 others)
2018 Multimedia Tools and Applications for Environmental & Biodiversity Informatics  
This has brought about an increasing number of mobile phone based citizen science projects that are designed to access these device features (such as the camera, the microphone, and GPS location data),  ...  In this chapter we outline a number of key considerations when designing and developing mobile applications for citizen science, with regard to (1) interoperability and data standards, (2) participant  ...  Factors for Participation There is a great deal in the citizen science literature about the motivations to participate in projects, how to attract participants based on those motivations, and how to maintain  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-76445-0_2 fatcat:2bb3uhgt4vf3zaodbrgk5eahji

Auto-filtering validation in citizen science biodiversity monitoring: a case study

Maryam Lotfian, Jens Ingensand, Olivier Ertz, Simon Oulevay, Thibaud Chassin
2019 Proceedings of the ICA  
This project aims at introducing an automatic filtering mechanism for a biodiversity citizen science project.  ...  The collected data by citizen science participants are heterogeneous and therefore must be validated.  ...  the other hand helps motivating citizens to continue contributing to a project.  ... 
doi:10.5194/ica-proc-2-78-2019 fatcat:wi45firzh5dj3h24uvjquljbee

Enhancing citizen contributions to biodiversity science and public policy

D. Couvet, F. Jiguet, R. Julliard, H. Levrel, A. Teyssedre
2008 Interdisciplinary Science Reviews  
Citizen science, defined as participation of the general public in scientific research, could significantly help scientists to address biodiversity issues, through (i) monitoring the state of biodiversity  ...  A key asset of citizen science is that participating citizens disseminate the information they gain, thereby increasing the profile of issues being researched.  ...  Adequate survey design, sampling strategies and field methods are necessary in successful citizen science projects.  ... 
doi:10.1179/030801808x260031 fatcat:zju3il2gnfeqdisjb6p6d4hbgy

Involving Citizen Scientists in Biodiversity Observation [chapter]

Mark Chandler, Linda See, Christina D. Buesching, Jenny A. Cousins, Chris Gillies, Roland W. Kays, Chris Newman, Henrique M. Pereira, Patricia Tiago
2016 The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks  
The main motivation found by Raddick et al. (2013) in participating in the Galaxy Zoo CS project was the desire to contribute to science while other motivators included interest in the scientific subject  ...  Table 9 .1 9 Potential contribution of citizen science projects to the candidate Essential Biodiversity Variables EBV Class CandidateEBV Description Project/Database Name Website Country Genetic  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-27288-7_9 fatcat:v67wy4wws5aoviidvcs3liftpu

Empowering Citizens to Inform Decision-Making as a Way Forward to Support Invasive Alien Species Policy

Quentin Groom, Diederik Strubbe, Tim Adriaens, Amy J. S. Davis, Peter Desmet, Damiano Oldoni, Lien Reyserhove, Helen E. Roy, Sonia Vanderhoeven
2019 Citizen Science: Theory and Practice  
Therefore, how can we motivate citizen science for the needs of policy without compromising the enjoyment that citizens gain from collecting biodiversity observations?  ...  is built on citizen science.  ...  Acknowledgements We acknowledge Sven Bellanger for the design of the figure and the support of the Belgian Science Policy Office under the TrIAS project (BR/165/A1/TrIAS) and Alien-CSI  ... 
doi:10.5334/cstp.238 fatcat:gtafeic7u5elpefqwell5qidhy

Volunteering in the Citizen Science Project "Insects of Saxony"—The Larger the Island of Knowledge, the Longer the Bank of Questions

Nicola Moczek, Matthias Nuss, Jana Katharina Köhler
2021 Insects  
Most participants indicated that they want to continue their volunteering. Implications for measuring motivations in citizen science projects and for volunteer management are discussed.  ...  Participants in the study were mostly male, well-educated, over 50 years old, and had been volunteering in biodiversity projects for a long time.  ...  Acknowledgments: The authors like to thank all participating CSs of the project Insects of Saxony. Their contribution to scientific research is invaluable.  ... 
doi:10.3390/insects12030262 pmid:33804789 fatcat:zcfxphkulfgypmfbwnln6wrnka

Initiating and continuing participation in citizen science for natural history

Glyn Everett, Hilary Geoghegan
2016 BMC Ecology  
Within the context of citizen science and public engagement, we examine the motivations behind citizen participation in the national survey activities of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) programme, looking  ...  This study offers a qualitative example of how citizen science can be meaningful to participants beyond what might appear to be a public engagement data collection exercise.  ...  We do so by examining the motivations behind citizen participation in the activities of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) programme, an England-wide, biodiversity monitoring and engagement project which  ... 
doi:10.1186/s12898-016-0062-3 pmid:27459851 pmcid:PMC4965711 fatcat:qq7p4hrnqnhzvpjk2qsrjtalwu

Citizen Scientists' Preferences for Communication of Scientific Output: A Literature Review

Marjolein de Vries, Anne Land-Zandstra, Ionica Smeets
2019 Citizen Science: Theory and Practice  
Many citizen science developers agree that participants in citizen science projects need to receive feedback on project outputs and that they should be recognized in results and publications.  ...  Taking this into account can pay off, as sharing data and findings can enhance the motivation of participants to engage in the project, thereby sustaining their participation, imparting the feeling that  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank the reviewers for their thoughtful feedback, which has improved this literature review.  ... 
doi:10.5334/cstp.136 fatcat:5ayth2flg5astbymkkcoyl62au

Participant Outcomes of Biodiversity Citizen Science Projects: A Systematic Literature Review

Maria Peter, Tim Diekötter, Kerstin Kremer
2019 Sustainability  
Numerous citizen science projects have emerged that assume that participation in the project affects participants' knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.  ...  We investigated what evidence really exists about the outcomes of biodiversity citizen science projects on the side of the individual participants.  ...  to citizens' motivation for participating in citizen science projects [65] and therefore have a strong influence on the continued engagement in biodiversity monitoring and conservation activities.  ... 
doi:10.3390/su11102780 fatcat:s4kafirenvdnpdvrn2dcgoxhl4
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