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Understanding drivers, barriers and information sources for public participation in marine citizen science


Martin, VY and Christidis, L and Lloyd, DJ and Pecl, GT, Understanding drivers, barriers and information sources for public participation in marine citizen science, Journal of Science Communication, 15, (2) Article A02. ISSN 1824-2049 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Interviews were conducted with 110 marine users to elicit their salient beliefs about recording marine species in a citizen science project. The results showed that many interviewees believe participation would increase knowledge (either scientific, the community’s, or their own). While almost half of the interviewees saw no negative outcomes, a small number expressed concerns about targeting of marine species by others, or restrictions on public access to marine sites. Most of the people surveyed (n = 106) emphasised the importance of well-designed technological interfaces to assist their data collection, without which they would be unlikely to engage in the project.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:citizen science, environmental communication, public engagement with science and technology, public perception of science and technology
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:108500
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2016-04-20
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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