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Publications by Andrea Wiggins (bibliography)

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Bietz, Matthew J., Wiggins, Andrea, Handel, Mark and Aragon, Cecilia (2012): Data-intensive collaboration in science and engineering. In: Companion Proceedings of ACM CSCW12 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2012. pp. 3-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2141512.2141515

Science and engineering are facing huge increases in data volumes. This data deluge presents challenges for conducting collaborative data-intensive knowledge work and opportunities to provide better computational and organizational support for that work. This workshop will address three themes: infrastructures for big data, interoperability and standards, and data-intensive collaboration.

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Wiggins, Andrea (2011): eBirding: technology adoption and the transformation of leisure into science. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 798-799. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940910

The decreasing cost of technology and Internet access has resulted in increasingly large-scale scientific research projects that rely on technology-mediated public participation. This poster takes a process theory perspective to discuss how technology adoption in a citizen science project influences participation and thereby scientific outcomes. The case study finds that some birders change their established practices upon adopting eBird, an online checklist program for bird observations, because the additional effort supports individual satisfaction and community recognition. This dramatically increases the value of the data for research, promoting improved scientific outcomes.

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Wiggins, Andrea (2010): Crowdsourcing science: organizing virtual participation in knowledge production. In: GROUP10 International Conference on Supporting Group Work 2010. pp. 337-338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1880071.1880139

Citizen science is a form of research collaboration that involves the public in scientific research to address real-world problems. Virtual citizen science projects, entirely mediated by information and communication technologies (ICTs), are often considered a form of crowdsourcing applied to science. The use of ICTs to support citizen science has already yielded significant impacts on the scale and scope of participation and research, but there is little guidance to help projects choose and implement appropriate technologies to support research and participation goals. This dissertation study employs a comparative case study methodology to examine how virtuality and technology shape processes of organizing and participation in citizen science, and how these processes influence scientific outcomes. The goal of the study is to conceptualize virtual participation by examining the relationship between ICT and practice in order to inform design and management of cyberinfrastructure for citizen science.

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