Encouraging work in citizen science: Experiments in goal setting and anchoring

Corey Jackson, Kevin G Crowston, Gabriel Mugar, Carsten Oesterlund

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4 Scopus citations

Abstract

This paper describes the results of an online field experiment where we designed and analyzed the effects of a goal-setting tracker in an online citizen science project-Floating Forest. The design of our tracker was influenced by psychology theories of anchoring and goal-setting. Our results of our experiment revealed: (1) setting goals increases annotations in a session; (2) numeric anchors influence goals; and (3) participants in the treatment who saw a prompt but did not set a goal, contributed more annotations than the participants in the control group. Our research shows how goal-setting and anchoring combine to increase work in online communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages297-300
Number of pages4
Volume26-February-2016
ISBN (Print)9781450339506
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 27 2016
Event19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 26 2016Mar 2 2016

Other

Other19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period2/26/163/2/16

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Experiments
  • Goal-setting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Jackson, C., Crowston, K. G., Mugar, G., & Oesterlund, C. (2016). Encouraging work in citizen science: Experiments in goal setting and anchoring. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW (Vol. 26-February-2016, pp. 297-300). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2818052.2869129