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Title: Facilitating individual learning, collaborative learning and behaviour change in citizen science through interface design
Author: Sharma, Nirwan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7431 9823
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2018
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Citizen science is a collaboration between members of the public and scientific experts. Within the environmental realm – where citizen science is particularly well expressed – this collaboration often concerns members of the public involved in scientific data gathering and processing at a large-scale to generate data that can subsequently be used by the scientists to improve scientific knowledge, understanding and theories. As these collaborations are increasingly being mediated via digital technologies, the overall aim of this thesis was to explore the potential of user interface design for citizen science, within the context of environmental sciences while using an established citizen science platform, BeeWatch. Particular attention was paid to the potential of such interface development to foster a move from situations of 'expert-novice' to progressive forms of collaborations and participation in citizen science. The overall conclusion from this thesis is that interactive technologies can lead to the development of expertise for biological recording – and thus, narrowing the gap between expert and novice – as well as progressing the level of participation within and fostering behaviour changes for conservation action.
Supervisor: van der Wal, René ; Siddharthan, Advaith ; Colucci-Gray, Laura Sponsor: University of Aberdeen
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Biology ; Animals ; Taxonomy & ecology ; User interfaces (Computer systems) ; Human-computer interaction