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Encouraging Work in Citizen Science: Experiments in Goal Setting and Anchoring

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Encouraging Work in Citizen Science: Experiments in Goal Setting and Anchoring
This paper describes the results of an online field experiment where we designed and analyzed the effects of a goal-setting tracker in an online citizen science project Floating Forest. The design of our tracker was influenced by psychology theories of anchoring and goal-setting. Our results of our experiment revealed: (1) setting goals increases annotations in a session; (2) numeric anchors influence goals; and (3) participants in the treatment who saw a prompt but did not set a goal, contributed more annotations than the participants in the control group. Our research shows how goal-setting and anchoring combine to increase work in online communities. Author Keywords citizen science; experiments; goal-setting ACM Classification Keywords H.5.m [Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI)]: Experimentation
Corey Brian Jackson, Gabriel Mugar, Kevin Crowston
Added 01 Apr 2016
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Type Journal
Year 2016
Where CSCW
Authors Corey Brian Jackson, Gabriel Mugar, Kevin Crowston, Carsten S. Østerlund
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