Designing online experiments: Citizen science approaches to research

Andy Pilny, Brian Keegan, Brooke Foucault Wells, Chris Riedl, David Lazer, Jason Radford, Katya Ognyanova, Leslie DeChurch, Michael Macy, Noshir Contractor, Waleed Meleis

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

New information technologies allow for new modes of data collection, provide unparalleled computational resources, and facilitate long-distance collaboration. Programs like Galaxy Zoo, Fold.It, and ReCAPTCHA demonstrate the power of recruiting online volunteers as participants and contributors to research. Platforms like Project Implicit, SciStarter, and Volunteer Science confirm that a wide range of social scientific research can be conducted with volunteers in online laboratories. This workshop will explore the opportunities, challenges, and limitations of online experiments and build a community of scholars performing online experiments. A group of scholars with wide-ranging experience in this area will discuss existing and emerging approaches to online experimentation. Participants will learn about designing and running online studies, and recruiting and managing subjects. Participants will then be given access to the Volunteer Science research platform (volunteerscience.com) where they will work with researchers to develop, test, and deploy their own online studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion, CSCW 2016 Companion
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages498-502
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339506
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 27 2016
Event19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 26 2016Mar 2 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
Volume26-February-2016

Other

Other19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period2/26/163/2/16

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Computer science
  • Online experimentation
  • Social science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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