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

Victoria Palacin, Antti Knutas, Maria Angela Ferrario, Jari Porras, Jouni Ikonen, Chandara Chea

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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 findingjavascript:void(0);s for future PS design are reflected.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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