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Usability and Interaction Dimensions of Participatory Noise and Ecological Monitoring

Jennett, C; Cognetti, E; Summerfield, J; Haklay, M; (2017) Usability and Interaction Dimensions of Participatory Noise and Ecological Monitoring. In: Loreto, V and Haklay, M and Hotho, A and Servedio, VDP and Stumme, G and Theunis, J and Tria, F, (eds.) Participatory Sensing, Opinions and Collective Awareness. (pp. 201-221). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

The integration of sensors in smartphones has transformed personal mobile phones, from tools primarily meant for communication purposes, into instruments that can sense or collect information about the surrounding environment (Lane et al. 2010). There are several mobile apps that allow ordinary members of the public (non-professionals) to collect fine-grained data about their environment and to contribute to real research. By involving citizens in environmental monitoring activities this helps to raise their awareness of environmental issues (Becker et al. 2013). However there are also challenges in the use of such apps. The lower-end sensors for mobile phones do not give the same level of data accuracy as specialised devices. The data is being collected by ‘inexpert’ citizens, which may add to perceptions of the data being inaccurate. Also, in order to apply complex statistical models, the data needs to be collected in mass quantities. This raises two questions about the citizens involved: (1) what is their experience of using the app and (2) what factors motivate them to participate?

Type: Book chapter
Title: Usability and Interaction Dimensions of Participatory Noise and Ecological Monitoring
ISBN-13: 978-3-319-25658-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25658-0_10
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25658-0_10
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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 > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497577
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