Motivations for sustained participation in crowdsourcing: Case studies of citizen science on the role of talk

Corey Brian Jackson, Carsten Østerlund, Gabriel Mugar, Katie De Vries Hassman, Kevin Crowston

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Abstract

The paper explores the motivations of volunteers in a large crowd sourcing project and contributes to our understanding of the motivational factors that lead to deeper engagement beyond initial participation. Drawing on the theory of legitimate peripheral participation (LPP) and the literature on motivation in crowd sourcing, we analyze interview and trace data from a large citizen science project. The analyses identify ways in which the technical features of the projects may serve as motivational factors leading participants towards sustained participation. The results suggest volunteers first engage in activities to support knowledge acquisition and later share knowledge with other volunteers and finally increase participation in Talk through a punctuated process of role discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Tung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1624-1634
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973675
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015
Event48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 - Kauai, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2015Jan 8 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2015-March
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKauai
Period1/5/151/8/15

Keywords

  • Citizen Science
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Legitimate peripheral participation
  • Motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Jackson, C. B., Østerlund, C., Mugar, G., De Vries Hassman, K., & Crowston, K. (2015). Motivations for sustained participation in crowdsourcing: Case studies of citizen science on the role of talk. In R. H. Sprague, & T. X. Bui (Eds.), Proceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 (pp. 1624-1634). [7070006] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; Vol. 2015-March). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2015.196