The motivations of volunteers in citizen science.

Kragh, G., 2016. The motivations of volunteers in citizen science. environmental SCIENTIST, 25 (2), 32 - 35.

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Abstract

Millions of people worldwide spend their valuable time engaged in volunteering. Why? It all starts with the concept of motivation and therefore exploring motivations can provide some answers. Motivation is the reason for acting or behaving in a certain manner. Although all volunteers share a similar behaviour, freely giving their time without financial gain to the mutual benefit of the cause and themselves, they do not necessarily have the same motivations for doing so1. Why is it important to understand what motivates volunteers in citizen science? Because citizen science projects depend on their volunteers, understanding the motivations of volunteers can enhance recruitment, ensure good retention rates and ultimately make the citizen science project a success.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0966-8411
Uncontrolled Keywords:citizen science; volunteer motivation
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24680
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:25 Oct 2016 08:56
Last Modified:25 Oct 2016 08:58

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