Citizen science infrastructures: Technology appropriation for data management and sharing

Citizen Science
Oral Presentation

Prepared by A. Wiggins
University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE, 68182, United States


Contact Information: akwiggins@gmail.com; 315-558-0122


ABSTRACT

The selection of low-cost technologies and hosted online platforms available for supporting citizen science projects has expanded substantially in the last 5 years. In many cases, the same public-facing systems used for supporting participant engagement also fulfill a variety of data management functions, although they were not necessarily designed with these purposes in mind. This talk highlights key infrastructure components that are currently available as well as needs that are not yet met, identifies initial evaluative criteria for adopting technologies to support citizen science, and discusses why designing citizen science infrastructures to support technology appropriation is important for enabling robust data production in diverse citizen science projects.