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Challenges in mapping behaviours to activities using logs from a citizen science project
Author(s): Alessandra M. M. Morais; Leandro Guarino de Vasconcelos; Rafael D. C. Santos
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Paper Abstract

Citizen science projects are those which recruit volunteers to participate as assistants in scientific studies. Since these projects depend on volunteer efforts, understanding the motivation that drives a volunteer to collaborate is important to ensure its success.

One way to understand motivation is by interviewing the volunteers. While this approach may elicit detailed information on the volunteers' motivation and actions, it is restricted to a subset of willing participants. For web-based projects we could instead use logs of volunteers' activities, which measures which volunteer did what and when for all volunteers in a project.

In this work we present some metrics that can be calculated from the logs, based on a model of interaction. We also comment on the applicability of those metrics, describe an ongoing work that may yield more precise logs and metrics and comment on issues for further research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9851, Next-Generation Analyst IV, 98510E (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224250
Show Author Affiliations
Alessandra M. M. Morais, National Institute for Space Research (Brazil)
Leandro Guarino de Vasconcelos, National Institute for Space Research (Brazil)
Rafael D. C. Santos, National Institute for Space Research (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9851:
Next-Generation Analyst IV
Barbara D. Broome; Timothy P. Hanratty; David L. Hall; James Llinas, Editor(s)

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