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Understanding citizen science communities through the lens of the community of inquiry framework

Culture and languages

Citizen science is a rising form of crowdsourced research that harvests the contributions of volunteers for the advancement of science, especially with regards to collecting or classifying large bodies of data. While extensive, research on citizen science has mainly focused on quantitative metrics such as success and motivations, rather than on the language used on the interactive platforms that host CS projects.

25 May 2021
15:00 - 16:00

Claudia Viggiano, University of Portsmouth
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The seminar is part of the Communication Research Seminar Series, organized by the Division of Cognition and Communication at the Department of Applied Information Technology.

Part of a wider PhD project on the language and identity of CS communities, this presentation applies approaches from corpus linguistics and the community of inquiry framework (Garrison, 2006) to the analysis of the Zooniverse CS community, with the aim to explore the linguistic devices and communication strategies used by members to signal their participation, expertise, and membership within the community.

The CoI framework is a three-dimensional model that is often used to assess engagement and learning in e-learning communities; applied to the Zooniverse data, the model can help to explore the linguistic patterns that lead to the creation of a sense of community which, through the continued engagement of its members, contributes to the success of the CS projects it supports.

This presentation also stresses the role that community-specific lexicon – expression that are salient to the identity of the community – plays in this context, as well as the benefits of its inclusion within the wider CoI framework.