Towards user engagement models for citizen science
This chapter explores the scientific evidence on identified tasks and activities in citizen science projects and argues that further research is needed to better link the knowledge of activities with dimensions of user engagement. Trust is fundamental in citizen engagement. Every citizen science project needs to attract a range of participants, including unprofessional researchers, and stimulate their continued engagement, to achieve its goals. Finding senior citizens who were willing to participate in the pilot study was vital to its feasibility. Several senior citizens from a local family heritage group in Tramore, County Waterford agreed to take part, though just two men were available to attend the participatory meeting. A participatory meeting held on 5 November 2014 in the Waterford Institute of Technology, brought teenagers and senior citizens together to experience intergenerational interviews, explore possible methodologies, gather sample recordings, and discuss emergent issues. The participants included: three students, two seniors, one heritage group facilitator, and the pilot coordinator.