Harnessing human computation via social networking technologies for citizen science and biodiversity monitoring

Lawson, Shaun and Foster, Derek and Elliot, Mike (2008) Harnessing human computation via social networking technologies for citizen science and biodiversity monitoring. In: Proc of BioDivGrid 08, Amsterdam.

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This position paper discusses the potential of harnessing human computation via social networking technologies for citizen science and biodiversity monitoring. In particular, the potential usefulness of exploiting small applications installed on social networking websites, such as Facebook, for delivering remotely captured imagery of birds is discussed. A short review of previous relevant work in the areas of technology-assisted citizen science for bird monitoring applications, autonomous systems for bird detection and classification, human computation and games with a purpose (GWAPs), and social networking sites and their support of social games is given. It is then hypothesized that social networking sites like Facebook can be used to recruit, motivate, and mobilize large numbers of volunteers for citizen science applications and thereby facilitate a meaningful impact in a scientific discipline such as conservation biology and a list of research questions is presented. Finally some preliminary work is described and the route to further investigation is discussed.
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This position paper discusses the potential of harnessing human computation via social networking technologies for citizen science and biodiversity monitoring. In
particular, the potential usefulness of exploiting small applications installed on social networking websites, such as Facebook, for delivering remotely captured imagery of
birds is discussed. A short review of previous relevant work in the areas of technology-assisted citizen science for bird monitoring applications, autonomous systems for bird detection and classification, human computation and games with a purpose (GWAPs), and social networking sites and their support of social games is given. It is then hypothesized that social networking sites like Facebook can be used to recruit, motivate, and mobilize large numbers of volunteers for citizen science applications and thereby facilitate a meaningful impact in a scientific discipline such as conservation biology and a list of research questions is presented. Finally some preliminary work is described and the route to further investigation is discussed.

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Additional Information:This position paper discusses the potential of harnessing human computation via social networking technologies for citizen science and biodiversity monitoring. In particular, the potential usefulness of exploiting small applications installed on social networking websites, such as Facebook, for delivering remotely captured imagery of birds is discussed. A short review of previous relevant work in the areas of technology-assisted citizen science for bird monitoring applications, autonomous systems for bird detection and classification, human computation and games with a purpose (GWAPs), and social networking sites and their support of social games is given. It is then hypothesized that social networking sites like Facebook can be used to recruit, motivate, and mobilize large numbers of volunteers for citizen science applications and thereby facilitate a meaningful impact in a scientific discipline such as conservation biology and a list of research questions is presented. Finally some preliminary work is described and the route to further investigation is discussed.
Keywords:human computation, citizen science, biodiversity, social networks, social gaming
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G500 Information Systems
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:2327
Deposited By: Derek Foster
Deposited On:20 Apr 2010 10:06
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:36

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