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    Empowering Citizen Science: A Generic Data Collection Framework

    Duque Jaramillo, Sebastián (2015) Empowering Citizen Science: A Generic Data Collection Framework. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    Citizen Science (CS) is collaboration between scientists and citizens to expand opportunities for scientific data collection and problem solving. Recent advancements such as the Internet, social networks and smart devices have created a technological platform for CS to engage more citizens to work on a wide range of scientific problems. Due to technical, financial and management resource constraints many organisations struggle to develop effective tools to collect scientific data in CS projects. A robust web and mobile interface for scientific data collection will ensure collection of higher quality scientific data. While web and mobile applications have been developed for some CS projects many CS projects are hindered by the complexity and intrinsic costs of implementing these applications. This thesis describes a web-based model for CS data collection suitable for both small CS communities and larger scientific organisations. Offering features commonly used in CS projects, this model reduces costs associated with software implementation and management in CS. A CS campaign is undertaken as a case study that validates our model in a real world scenario. Overall the generic data collection framework presented will empower communities and organisations to engage and use CS in more ways and on large scales.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: Taught Masters Thesis for the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems
    Keywords: Empowering Citizen Science; Generic Data Collection Framework;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 7093
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 11:26
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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