The VOLCROWE Project Features in Crowdsourcing Week

The VOLCROWE project recently featured as part of Crowdsourcing Week event.  The event was established in 2012 and has resulted in a series of global conferences and summits which bring together thought leaders from around the world to engage and discuss how crowdsourcing can lead to meaningful change.

As part of VOLCROWE’s involvement in the event, we contributed a Crowdsourcing Week blog explaining the objectives of the project and our findings to date.  We also produced an infographic sheet summarising our main findings in a visually engaging way.  Our research on this project is increasingly pointing to Zooniverse and Citizen Science Volunteering as being driven by knowledge creation.  We show that the opportunity to enhance knowledge and understanding is a primary motivation of Zooniverse volunteers and one which associates the most strongly and positively with classification activity and sustained engagement.

Introducing the VOLCROWE Project [Download the Infographic]

You can read the Crowdsourcing Week blog here and download a copy of the summary infographic here.

2 thoughts on “The VOLCROWE Project Features in Crowdsourcing Week

  1. The motivation to learn is cited here as a top motivator. However, research on motivations to participate in Galaxy Zoo (Raddick et al. 2013 Astronomy Education Review) showed learning to not be a strong motivator. Any thoughts on the discrepancy between the two studies?

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    • The contrast in findings is interesting. One possibility is that our use of the Volunteer Functions Inventory (VFI) to measure motivations asks about learning/understanding in several different ways, which we subsequently use to construct an aggregate measure. Perhaps this approach is uncovering latent motivations that the questions posed by Raddick et al. weren’t able to uncover. Another possibility is that our sample composition is different. We took steps to ensure that our final survey sample was representative of the population of project volunteers with respect to classification activity. The study by Raddick et al. invited survey participants via an open call, which may mean that their sample suffers from response bias. The relevant paper outlining these findings is currently under review, so hopefully you will have a chance to read about them in more detail quite soon.

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