Eliciting and focusing geographic volunteer work

Reid Priedhorsky, Mikhil Masli, Loren Terveen

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Abstract

Open content communities such as wikis derive their value from the work done by users. However, a key challenge is to elicit work that is sufficient and focused where needed. We address this challenge in a geographic open content community, the Cyclopath bicycle route finding system. We devised two techniques to elicit and focus user work, one using familiarity to direct work opportunities and another visually highlighting them. We conducted a field experiment, finding that (a) the techniques succeeded in eliciting user work, (b) the distribution of work across users was highly unequal, and (c) user work benefitted the community (reducing the length of the average computed route by 1 kilometer).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010
Pages61-70
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2010
Event2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010 - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: Feb 6 2010Feb 10 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

Other2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySavannah, GA
Period2/6/102/10/10

Keywords

  • Geographic volunteer work
  • Geowiki
  • Open content
  • Volunteered geographic information
  • Wiki

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    Priedhorsky, R., Masli, M., & Terveen, L. (2010). Eliciting and focusing geographic volunteer work. In 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010 (pp. 61-70). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW). https://doi.org/10.1145/1718918.1718931