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Do Games Attract or Sustain Engagement in Citizen Science? A Study of Volunteer Motivations

Iacovides, I; Jennett, C; Cornish-Trestrail, C; Cox, AL; (2013) Do Games Attract or Sustain Engagement in Citizen Science? A Study of Volunteer Motivations. In: (pp. pp. 1101-1106).

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Abstract

Increasingly, games are being incorporated into online citizen science (CS) projects as a way of crowdsourcing data; yet the influence of gamification on volunteer motivations and engagement in CS projects is still unknown. In an interview study with 8 CS volunteers (4 from Foldit, 4 from Eyewire), we found that game elements and communication tools are not necessary for attracting new volunteers to a project; however they may help to sustain engagement over time, by allowing volunteers to participate in a range of social interactions and through enabling meaningful recognition of achievements.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Do Games Attract or Sustain Engagement in Citizen Science? A Study of Volunteer Motivations
ISBN-13: 9781450318990
DOI: 10.1145/2468356.2468553
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1395535
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