Geographic Citizen Science Design

No one left behind

Edited by Artemis Skarlatidou and Muki Haklay

ISBN: 9781787356122

Publication: February 01, 2021

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Little did Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and other ‘gentlemen scientists’ know, when they were making their scientific discoveries, that some centuries later they would inspire a new field of scientific practice and innovation, called citizen science. The current growth and availability of citizen science projects and relevant applications to support citizen involvement is massive; every citizen has an opportunity to become a scientist and contribute to a scientific discipline, without having any professional qualifications. With geographic interfaces being the common approach to support collection, analysis and dissemination of data contributed by participants, ‘geographic citizen science’ is being approached from different angles.

Geographic Citizen Science Design takes an anthropological and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) stance to provide the theoretical and methodological foundations to support the design, development and evaluation of citizen science projects and their user-friendly applications. Through a careful selection of case studies in the urban and non-urban contexts of the Global North and South, the chapters provide insights into the design and interaction barriers, as well as on the lessons learned from the engagement of a diverse set of participants; for example, literate and non-literate people with a range of technical skills, and with different cultural backgrounds.

Looking at the field through the lenses of specific case studies, the book captures the current state-of-the-art in research and development of geographic citizen science and provides critical insight to inform technological innovation and future research in this area.

Artemis Skarlatidou is Senior Research Associate in the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group at UCL. 

Muki Haklay is Professor of Geographic Information Science at UCL.

Foreword Professor Jenny Preece
List of figures
List of contributors
Introduction Geographic citizen science design: No one left behind Artemis Skarlatidou and Muki Haklay

Part A: Theoretical and methodological principles
1. Geographic citizen science: An overview Muki Haklay
2. Design and development of geographic citizen science: Technological perspectives and considerations Vyron Antoniou and Chryssy Potsiou
3. Design approaches and human-computer interaction methods to support user involvement in citizen science Artemis Skarlatidou and Carol Iglesias
4. Methods in anthropology to support the design and implementation of geographic citizen science Raffaella Fryer-Moreira and Jerome Lewis

Part B: Interacting with geographic citizen science in the Global North
5. Geographic expertise and citizen science: Planning and co-design implications Robert Feick and Colin Robertson
6. Citizen science mobile apps for soundscape research and public space studies: Lessons from the Hush City project  Antonella Radicchi
7. Using mixed methods to enhance user experience: Developing Global Forest Watch Jamie Gibson
8. Path of least resistance: Using geo-games and crowdsourced data to map cycling frictions Diego Pajarito, Suzanne Maas, Maria Attard and Michael Gould
9. Geographic citizen science in citizen-government communication and collaboration: Lessons learned from the Improve My City application Ioannis Tsampoulatidis, Spiros Nikolopoulos, Ioannis Kompatsiaris and Nicos Komninos

Part C: Geographic citizen science with indigenous communities
10. Developing a referrals management tool with First Nations in Northern Canada: An iterative programming approach Jon Corbett and Aaron Derrickson
11. Lessons from recording Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the Congo Basin Michalis Vitos
12. Co-Designing extreme citizen science projects in Cameroon: Biodiversity conservation led by local values and indigenous knowledge Simon Hoyte
13. Community monitoring of illegal logging and forest resources using smartphones and the Prey Lang application in Cambodia Ida Theilade, Søren Brofeldt, Turreira-García and Dimitrios Argyriou
14. Representing a fish for fishers: Geographic citizen science in the Pantanal wetland, Brazil Rafael Chiaravalloti
15. Digital technology in the jungle: A case study from the Brazilian Amazon Carolina Comandulli
16. Community mapping as a means and an end: How mapping helped Peruvian students explore gender equality Peter Ward and Rebecca Firth
Synthesis and Epilogue Geographic citizen science design: No one left behind – An overview and synthesis of methodological, technological and interaction design recommendations Artemis Skarlatidou and Muki Haklay

Format: Open Access PDF

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Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787356122

Publication: February 01, 2021

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