Enhancing the quality and trust of citizen science data

Alabri, Abdulmonem and Hunter, Jane (2010). Enhancing the quality and trust of citizen science data. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Sixth International Conference on e-Science. IEEE International Conference on e-Science, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (81-88). 8 - 10 December, 2010. doi:10.1109/eScience.2010.33

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Author Alabri, Abdulmonem
Hunter, Jane
Title of paper Enhancing the quality and trust of citizen science data
Conference name IEEE International Conference on e-Science
Conference location Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Conference dates 8 - 10 December, 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the IEEE Sixth International Conference on e-Science
Place of Publication Piscatawa, NJ, U.S.A.
Publisher IEEE - Computer Society
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/eScience.2010.33
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780769542904
Start page 81
End page 88
Total pages 8
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The Internet, Web 2.0 and Social Networking technologies are enabling citizens to actively participate in “citizen science” projects by contributing data to scientific programs. However, the limited expertise of contributors can lead to poor quality or misleading data being submitted. Subsequently, the scientific community often perceive citizen science data as not worthy of being used in serious scientific research. In this paper, we describe a technological framework that combines data quality improvements and trust metrics to enhance the reliability of citizen science data. We describe how trust models provide a simple and effective mechanism for measuring the reliability of community-generated data. We also describe filtering services that remove untrustworthy data, and enable confident re-use of the data. The resulting services are evaluated in the context of the Coral Watch project which uses volunteers to collect data on coral reef bleaching.
Keyword Citizen science
Data quality
Trust metrics
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes session: Climate and Earth Sciences I

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