AAG 2015 in Chicago.

My session on citizen science, VGI and enthusiasm is go. Here’s a preview…

Beyond motivation? Understanding enthusiasm in citizen science and volunteered geographic information
Hilary Geoghegan and Muki Haklay

Hilary Geoghegan, Citizen and Scientist Enthusiasm for Tree Health Surveillance in the UK

Britta Ricker, Look what I can do! Offering data visualization in citizen science applications for increased motivation to participate

Angelique Hjarding, Empowering Communities Through Citizen Science

Brittany Davis, Motivated to Kill: Lionfish Derbies, Scuba Divers, and Citizen Science

Cheryl Gilge, The rhetorical flourish of citizen participation (or, the formation of cultural fascism?)

In recent years, citizen science has gained recognition as a new frontier for knowledge creation and geographic understanding. Citizen science can be defined as the participation of non-professional scientists in scientific knowledge production (Bonney et al. 2009; Silvertown 2009), and can be seen as part of both a long tradition of amateur, volunteer and enthusiast participation in science and a wider phenomenon of new collaborative forms of knowledge creation facilitated by information and communication technology, as well as societal changes. For geographers and other professional researchers, the inclusion of many more participants in the process of scientific knowledge production is opening up new places and experiences that could not be captured before due to limits in time, financial resources and geographical coverage.

Understanding what motivates participation in citizen science and volunteered geographic information (VGI) activities is regarded by many practitioners and policymakers as the pathway to increased participation. Sometimes, it seems that this is a search for a magic lever to achieve this. However, in this session we move beyond narrow discussion on motivation, to explore what else matters in the context of citizen science and VGI participation.

This session seeks to explore and debate current research and practice moving beyond motivation, to consider the associated enthusiasm, materials and meanings of participating in citizen science and VGI.

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