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The Role of Gamification in Participatory Environmental Sensing: A Study In the Wild

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Publication date21/04/2018
Host publicationCHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781450356206
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Participatory sensing (PS) and citizen science hold promises for a genuinely interactive and inclusive citizen engagement in meaningful and sustained collection of data about social and environmental phenomena. Yet the underlying motivations for public engagement in PS remain still unclear particularly regarding the role of gamification, for which HCI research
findings are often inconclusive. This paper reports the findings of an experimental study specifically designed to further understand the effects of gamification on citizen engagement. Our study involved the development and implementation of two versions (gamified and non-gamified) of a mobile application designed to capture lake ice coverage data in the sub-arctic region. Emerging findings indicate a statistically significant effect of gamification on participants’ engagement levels in PS. The motivation, approach and results of our study are outlined and implications of the findings for future PS design
are reflected.