Distributed Scientific Collaboration: Research Opportunities in Citizen Science

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Workshop position paper describing conceptual framework and research directions for CSCW research into public participation in scientific research.

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Distributed Scientific Collaboration: Research Opportunities in Citizen Science

  1. 1. Virtual Citizen Science <ul><li>Citizen science projects involve the public with scientists in collaborative research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generates scientifically-valued outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on participation for scale or scope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diverse characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants, scientific research goals, task structure, organizational setting, IT use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We developed a conceptual framework to guide research & cyberinfrastructure development </li></ul>
  2. 3. Issues for Refinement <ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small groups, communities or networks of practice, crowdsourcing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communities vs organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Place-based vs entirely virtual; translation of collocated practices to online versions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than motivation, effects on outcomes </li></ul></ul>

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