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Crowdsourced science: sociotechnical epistemology in the e-research paradigm

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Recent years have seen a surge in online collaboration between experts and amateurs on scientific research. In this article, we analyse the epistemological implications of these crowdsourced projects, with a focus on Zooniverse, the world’s largest citizen science web portal. We use quantitative methods to evaluate the platform’s success in producing large volumes of observation statements and high impact scientific discoveries relative to more conventional means of data processing. Through e...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1007/s11229-016-1238-2

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
ORCID:
0000-0001-9632-2159
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Internet Institute
Publisher:
Springer Verlag Publisher's website
Journal:
Synthese Journal website
Volume:
195
Issue:
2
Pages:
741–764
Publication date:
2016-10-26
Acceptance date:
2016-09-29
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EISSN:
1573-0964
ISSN:
0039-7857
Pubs id:
pubs:659122
URN:
uri:164dbc85-dcf6-4cd2-b978-927f932aeb85
UUID:
uuid:164dbc85-dcf6-4cd2-b978-927f932aeb85
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pubs:659122
Paper number:
2

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