eBirding: Technology adoption and the transformation of leisure into science

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Abstract

The decreasing cost of technology and Internet access has resulted in increasingly large-scale scientific research projects that rely on technology-mediated public participation. This poster takes a process theory perspective to discuss how technology adoption in a citizen science project influences participation and thereby scientific outcomes. The case study finds that some birders change their established practices upon adopting eBird, an online checklist program for bird observations, because the additional effort supports individual satisfaction and community recognition. This dramatically increases the value of the data for research, promoting improved scientific outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 iConference
Subtitle of host publicationInspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
Pages798-799
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Feb 8 2011Feb 11 2011

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period2/8/112/11/11

Keywords

  • Birding
  • Citizen science
  • Cyber infrastructure
  • eBird
  • Technology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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