New Publications

17/01/2019

Focusing on a recent standard (BS ISO 27500:2016 “The human-centred organisation”) which encourages the adoption of a sociotechnical systems perspective across a wide range of businesses, organizations and ventures, authors discuss its potential application to virtual citizen science.

17/01/2019

Although hundreds of citizen science applications exist, there is lack of detailed analysis of volunteers' needs and requirements, usability mistakes and user experiences. Authors perform a literature review to identify articles which discuss user issues and develop a set of design guidelines.

17/01/2019

“In citizen science, user-centred development is often emphasised for its potential to involve participants in the development of technology. We describe the development process of the mobile app ‘Naturblick’ as an example of a user-centred design in citizen science.”

 

17/01/2019

The analysis of volunteer interaction with 63 projects demonstrates how project design changes can influence who and how participates. Findings highlight the tension between designing for social good and broad community engagement, versus optimizing for scientific and analytical efficiency

17/01/2019

An analysis of the multi-touch interface for the citizen science video game Foldit, comparing multi-touch and mouse interfaces in a 41-subject user study, indicates that for tasks involving guided movement, subjects using the multi-touch interface completed tasks more accurately.

17/01/2019

This paper compares the practices of one particular online creative community (webcomics) with current practices in citizen science, showing how each are engaging with digital technologies in different ways to complicate and blur the professional-amateur divide.

17/01/2019

Identifying private gardens in the U.K. as key sites of environmental engagement, authors look at how a longer-term online citizen science programme facilitate the development of new attachments of nature, renewed interest in wildlife, friendly gardening practices and attitudinal shifts.

17/01/2019

Seven papers focusing on "design standards", "design methods" and "user experience in the physical and digital world" explore how citizen science volunteers interact with digital tools, what they expect from them, and why these technologies succeed or fail.

17/12/2018

During the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, we initiated a collaboration between astrophysicists in Western Australia working toward building the largest telescope on Earth, the Square Kilo

17/12/2018

The night skies and the planet on which we live can be inspirational to young and old alike.