Talking the talk in citizen science

Mahboobeh Harandi, Corey Brian Jackson, Carsten Osterlund, Kevin Crowston

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Increasingly, citizen scientists do work beyond the primary goal of the project coordinated via the discussion board. These activities often take place in discussion boards and have a set of terminologies norms for contributing. For newcomers, learning new terminologies presents a challenge since there are no formal opportunities for them to learn the terms and volunteers who join later need to learn more than volunteers who join earlier in a project life-cycle. In this poster, we examine how newcomers terminology uses shifts over the course of two citizen science projects. We find that, although, newcomers joining later might face obstacles, terminology use among newcomers associated with advanced work increase over the project’s life-cycle. The analysis can help the science team assess whether newcomers on the talk page have either adopted advanced terminologies and if they need to have a more formal resource such as tutorial or blog posts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2018 Companion - Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360180
StatePublished - Oct 30 2018
Event21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2018 - Jersey City, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2018Nov 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


Other21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityJersey City


  • Citizen science
  • Newcomers
  • Terminology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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