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Motivations, learning and creativity in online citizen science

Jennett, C; Kloetzer, L; Schneider, D; Iacovides, I; Cox, AL; Gold, M; Fuchs, B; ... Talsi, Y; + view all (2016) Motivations, learning and creativity in online citizen science. Journal of Science Communication , 15 (3) , Article A05. Green open access

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Abstract

Online citizen science projects have demonstrated their usefulness for research, however little is known about the potential benefits for volunteers. We conducted 39 interviews (28 volunteers, 11 researchers) to gain a greater understanding of volunteers' motivations, learning and creativity (MLC). In our MLC model we explain that participating and progressing in a project community provides volunteers with many indirect opportunities for learning and creativity. The more aspects that volunteers are involved in, the more likely they are to sustain their participation in the project. These results have implications for the design and management of online citizen science projects. It is important to provide users with tools to communicate in order to supporting social learning, community building and sharing.

Type: Article
Title: Motivations, learning and creativity in online citizen science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/15/03/JCOM_1503_2016_...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors. Published by Sissa Medialab s.r.l. This article is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) in accordance with the publisher's Open Access policy (http://jcom.sissa.it/jcom/help/JCOM/CR_OA.pdf)
Keywords: Citizen science; Informal learning; Public engagement with science and technology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482260
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