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Creativity in Citizen Cyberscience

Jennett, C; Kloetzer, L; Cox, AL; Schneider, D; Collins, E; Fritz, M; Bland, MJ; ... Charalampidis, I; + view all (2017) Creativity in Citizen Cyberscience. Human Computation , 3 (1) pp. 181-204. 10.15346/hc.v4i1.2. Green open access

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Abstract

An interview study was conducted to explore volunteers’ experiences of creativity in citizen cyberscience. Participants were recruited from 4 projects: GeoTag-X, Virtual Atom Smasher, Synthetic Biology, and Extreme Citizen Science. Ninety-six interviews were conducted in total: 86 with volunteers (citizen scientists) and 10 with professional scientists. The resulting thematic analysis revealed that volunteers are involved in a range of creative activities, such as discussing ideas, suggesting improvements, gamification, artwork, creative writing, and outreach activities. We conclude that the majority of creative products are community-related. Creativity in citizen cyberscience is a collective process: volunteers create within a project and a community, both for themselves and for others.

Type: Article
Title: Creativity in Citizen Cyberscience
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15346/hc.v4i1.2
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.15346/hc.v4i1.2
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016, Jennett et al. CC-BY-3.0
Keywords: Citizen science, Creativity, Motivation
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 > 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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538758
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