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Data submission for plant health citizen science - PH0475

Citizen science projects are those in which members of the public partner with scientists to answer scientific questions. Environmental citizen science is a field which is developing particularly rapidly, because it provides the opportunity for people to explore their local environment whilst gathering data for scientists, land-managers and policy-makers over a wide geographic area.
We aim to explore data submission in citizen science projects. In many citizen science projects collection of data and submission of data are temporally separated, for example, participants conduct a survey in the field but have to enter data via a computer. In such cases, people may collect data but not submit it. We will administer a questionnaire to participants in citizen science projects to explore any barriers to data submission. Insight gained from this will allow project designers to develop strategies to reduce these barriers.
The questionnaire will be administered through two mechanisms: through a large citizen science project newsletter and social media streams, and via a stratified national marketing survey of the general public. This will provide detailed insight into the barriers associated with a specific project (OPAL) whilst the national marketing survey will allow us to understand whether these barriers are applicable across the citizen science field.
Aims: to explore barriers to data submission in citizen science projects

1. Design a survey to be administed to citizen scientists to explore why they submit data or not.
2. Administer survey to citizen scientists on the OPAL mailing list, and to a stratified sample of the UK population via an Omnibus Survey
3. Analyse responses to identify key barriers to data submission.
4. Report findings to Defra and OPAL via a report and executive summary.
5. Communicate findings to citizen science stakeholders via social media, blogs, OPAL website and newsletter.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : PH0475 Final report- final   (186k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2015

To: 2015

Cost: £18,975
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of York
Plant health              
Fields of Study
Plant Health