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Title:Event Based Analysis of a Citizen Science Community: Are New and Non-sustained Users Included?
Author(s):Jackson, Corey
Subject(s):affiliation networks
network analysis
citizen science
online communities
Abstract:High turnover rates in online communities suggest the need for measures that move non-sustained community members towards sustained participation. Non-sustained members actively seek inclusion opportunities, but are often disappointed by the lack of access to existing members. One method of inclusion can be contact with existing members through dialogue on discussion boards. Understanding the structure of interactions between sustained and non-sustained members and can inform new strategies to address the high turnover rate and ensure community longevity. In this poster, we analyze the network structure of newcomer and existing member interaction through discussion posts. Through analysis of a citizen science community we ask: Are non-sustained and sustained participants engaged in conversations? The researcher analyzes the topological features of an affiliation network and centrality measures to determine the extent of interactions between these two groups. Finally, the researcher presents strategies to engage non-sustained participants in online.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Jackson, C. (2014). Event Based Analysis of a Citizen Science Community: Are New and Non-sustained Users Included? In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 1139 - 1144). doi:10.9776/14405
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Other Identifier(s):405
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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