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Towards a Multidimensional Interaction Framework for Promoting Public Engagement in Citizen Science Projects

Authors Maryam Lotfian , Jens Ingensand , Christophe Claramunt



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Maryam Lotfian
  • Institute INSIT, School of Business and Engineering Vaud, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Jens Ingensand
  • Institute INSIT, School of Business and Engineering Vaud, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Christophe Claramunt
  • Naval Academy Research Institute, Brest Naval, Lanveoc-Poulmic, BP 600, 29240 Brest Naval, France

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We would like to express our appreciation to the two reviewers for their invaluable and constructive feedback, which assisted us in improving the manuscript.

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Maryam Lotfian, Jens Ingensand, and Christophe Claramunt. Towards a Multidimensional Interaction Framework for Promoting Public Engagement in Citizen Science Projects. In 12th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 277, pp. 8:1-8:16, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.GIScience.2023.8

Abstract

Citizen science (CS) projects are expanding into various fields and the number of CS applications is expanding. Despite this growth, engaging the public and sustaining their participation remains a challenge. Some studies have proposed that interacting with participants is an effective way to sustain their participation. This paper introduces a framework that outlines complementary levels of interaction including basic, incentivized, user-centered and action-oriented interactions. The interaction levels range from basic acknowledgments to instructions for taking action. The integration of these interactions within the spatial, temporal, and thematic dimensions is also discussed. The proposed framework is applied to a biodiversity CS project that involves different types of real-time feedback to participants based on the location, time, and image of the species observations. Location-based feedback is based on the species distribution models, and provides information on the probability of observing a certain species in a given location, as well as suggestions on the species to be observed in the participant’s vicinity. Overall, the multi-dimensional interaction framework provides CS practitioners with insights into the various ways they can maintain communication with participants, whether through real-time machine-generated interactions or interactions between the project team and participants.

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  • Human-centered computing → Collaborative content creation
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  • Citizen Science
  • Multidimensional Interaction
  • Participation
  • User-centered Feedback
  • Machine Learning
  • Biodiversity

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