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Designing for dabblers and deterring drop-outs in citizen science

Eveleigh, A; Jennett, C; Blandford, A; Cox, AL; Brohan, P; (2014) Designing for dabblers and deterring drop-outs in citizen science. In: CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Pages. (pp. 2985 - 2994). ACM: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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In most online citizen science projects, a large proportion of participants contribute in small quantities. To investigate how low contributors differ from committed volunteers, we distributed a survey to members of the Old Weather project, followed by interviews with respondents selected according to a range of contribution levels. The studies reveal a complex relationship between motivations and contribution. Whilst high contributors were deeply engaged by social or competitive features, low contributors described a solitary experience of 'dabbling' in projects for short periods. Since the majority of participants exhibit this small-scale contribution pattern, there is great potential value in designing interfaces to tempt lone workers to complete 'just another page', or to lure early drop-outs back into participation. This includes breaking the work into components which can be tackled without a major commitment of time and effort, and providing feedback on the quality and value of these contributions.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Designing for dabblers and deterring drop-outs in citizen science
Event: CHI 2014
ISBN-13: 9781450324731
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557262
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557262
Language: English
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418573
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