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  • Motivating and Sustaining Participation in VGI

    Steffen Fritz, Linda See, Maria Brovelli

    Chapter from the book: Foody, G et al. 2017. Mapping and the Citizen Sensor.


    Volunteers are the key component in the collection of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), so what motivates their participation, what strategies work in recruitment and how sustainability of participation can be achieved are key questions that need to be answered to inform VGI system design and implementation. This chapter reviews studies that have examined these questions and presents the main motivational factors that drive volunteer participation, as determined from empirical research. Some best practices from broader citizen science applications are also presented that may have relevance for VGI initiatives. Finally, a set of case studies from our experiences are used to illustrate how volunteers have been motivated to collect VGI through mapping parties, gamification and working with schools.

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    Fritz, S et al. 2017. Motivating and Sustaining Participation in VGI. In: Foody, G et al, Mapping and the Citizen Sensor. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbf.e

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    Published on Sept. 11, 2017


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