Scistarter 2.0: A digital platform to foster and study sustained engagement in citizen science

Catherine Hoffman, Caren B. Cooper, Eric B. Kennedy, Mahmud Farooque, Darlene Cavalier

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    14 Scopus citations


    In this chapter, the authors focus on how SciStarter has developed a new digital infrastructure to support sustained engagement in citizen science, and research into the behaviors and motivations of participants. The new digital infrastructure of SciStarter includes integrated registration and contribution tracking tools to make it easier to participate in multiple projects, enhanced GIS information to promote locally relevant projects, an online personal dashboard to keep track of contributions, and the use of these tools (integrated registration, GIS, dashboard) by project owners and researchers to better understand and respond to the needs and interests of citizen-science participants. In this chapter, the authors explore how these new tools build pathways to participatory policymaking, expand access to informal STEM experiences, and lower barriers to citizen science. The chapter concludes with a design for a citizenscience future with increased access to tools, trackable participation, and integrated competencies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAnalyzing the Role of Citizen Science in Modern Research
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781522509639
    ISBN (Print)9781522509622
    StatePublished - Oct 25 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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