Motivations for sustained participation in crowdsourcing: The role of talk in a citizen science case study

December 07, 2016 by Corey Brian Jackson, Carsten Ă˜sterlund, Gabriel Mugar, Katie DeVries Hassman, Kevin Crowston

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The paper explores the motivations of volunteers in a large crowd sourcing project and contributes to our understanding of the motivational factors that lead to deeper engagement beyond initial participation. Drawing on the theory of legitimate peripheral participation (LPP) and the literature on motivation in crowd sourcing, we analyze interview and trace data from a large citizen science project. The analyses identify ways in which the technical features of the projects may serve as motivational factors leading participants towards sustained participation. The results suggest volunteers first engage in activities to support knowledge acquisition and later share knowledge with other volunteers and finally increase participation in Talk through a punctuated process of role discovery.