Explicit incentives increase citizen science recordings

  • From tracking land-use change to biodiversity loss, citizen science data have become a cornerstone for conservation. However, policymakers must understand the “data-generating process” to make good use of existing citizen science data and encourage the production of useful new data. We analyze data from the two largest German online platforms for ecological observations to explore and quantify the effect of explicit incentives on volunteer recordings, created by a large-scale prize competition on one of the platforms. We find 10% more recordings during the prize competition. Moreover, the effects of weather and weekends are attenuated during the competition period. Finally, the diversity of recorded species decreases. Our study shows the first statistical evidence that using explicit incentives increases the quantity of citizen science data. It highlights the need to further study the effect of explicit incentives on data quality and the engagement of citizens for conservation.

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Author:Florian DiekertORCiDGND, Stefan Munzinger, Gaby Schulemann-Maier, Laura Städtler
Frontdoor URLhttps://opus.bibliothek.uni-augsburg.de/opus4/107513
Parent Title (English):Conservation Letters
Place of publication:Weinheim
Year of first Publication:2023
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2023/09/11
First Page:e12973
Institutes:Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fakultätsübergreifende Institute und Einrichtungen
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre
Fakultätsübergreifende Institute und Einrichtungen / Zentrum für Klimaresilienz
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre / Professur für Umweltökonomik
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):CC-BY 4.0: Creative Commons: Namensnennung (mit Print on Demand)