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How the general public appraises contributory citizen science: Factors that affect participation

Ngo, Manh Khoi and Altmann, Carolin Susann and Klan, Friederike (2023) How the general public appraises contributory citizen science: Factors that affect participation. Citizen science: Theory and Practice. Ubiquity Press. doi: 10.5334/cstp.502. ISSN 2057-4991. (In Press)

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Understanding the factors that affect participation plays a crucial role in the success of any contributory citizen science project. We focus our study on the general public, who most likely have not participated in citizen science before, since they constitute a large part of society and their opinions have not been studied thoroughly. We first describe the survey, which was answered by 209 respondents in Germany who mostly had no prior experience in citizen science, that seeks to addressthe factors of personality traits, properties of citizen science projects, and general motivations. Our study focuses on two different levels of participation: in specific sample projects and in contributory citizen science in general, both of which are embedded in the survey. We use manual text clustering and linear regression models to study the different types of inputs from the respondents. We identify contribution to science, the fun element of the projects, personal interests, and new knowledge acquired from participation as the most significant motivators for the future intention of participating in the sample citizen science projects. On a higher level, the general motivations concerning “values” and “understanding” are the main drivers behind participants’ future intention of participating in contributory citizen science. Meanwhile, no personality traits are found to be influence the intentions of the respondents. Based on these findings, several enhancements to the recruitment and communication strategies of citizen science projects can be made to maximize the participation of potential citizen scientists.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190916/
Document Type:Article
Title:How the general public appraises contributory citizen science: Factors that affect participation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ngo, Manh KhoiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6001-2773UNSPECIFIED
Altmann, Carolin SusannUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3821-953XUNSPECIFIED
Klan, FriederikeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1856-7334UNSPECIFIED
Date:10 January 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Citizen science: Theory and Practice
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:Ubiquity Press
Status:In Press
Keywords:contributory citizen science, motivation, general public, participation, recruitment
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Exploration of citizen science methods, R - QS-Project_04 Big-Data-Plattform
Location: Jena
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Data Science > Data Acquisition and Mobilisation
Deposited By: Ngo, Manh Khoi
Deposited On:05 Dec 2022 11:29
Last Modified:04 Dec 2023 10:49

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