Citizen Science in the Digital World of Apps

Rob Lemmens, Vyron Antoniou, Philipp Hummer, Chryssy Potsiou

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Citizen Science in the Digital World of Apps
Rob Lemmens, Vyron Antoniou, Philipp Hummer & Chryssy Potsiou
First Online: 12 January 2021
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In this chapter, we highlight the added value of mobile and web apps to the field of citizen science. We provide an overview of app types and their functionalities to facilitate appropriate app selection for citizen science projects. We identify different app types according to methodology, data specifics, and data collection format.

The chapter outlines good practices for creating apps. Citizen science apps need to ensure high levels of performance and usability. Social features for citizen science projects with a focus on mobile apps are helpful for user motivation and immersion and, also, can improve data quality via community feedback. The design, look and feel, and project identity are essential features of citizen science apps.

We provide recommendations aimed at establishing good practice in citizen science app development. We also highlight future developments in technology and, in particular, how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can impact citizen science projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of Citizen Science
EditorsKatrin Vohland, Anne Land-Zandstra, Luigi Ceccaroni, Rob Lemmens, Josep Perelló, Marisa Ponti, Roeland Samson, Katherin Wagenknecht
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-58278-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-58277-7
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2021


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