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Working the crowd for forensic research: A review of contributor motivations and recruitment strategies used in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for scientific research

Parrick, Rebecca (2019) Working the crowd for forensic research: A review of contributor motivations and recruitment strategies used in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for scientific research. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for scientific research have been used successfully in a range of fields. This review found that crowdsourcing can be a useful tool in scientific research, but project organisers must ensure that they develop clear goals and experimental protocols and provide instructions or training for contributors along with user-friendly tools and interfaces. There must be effective methods of validating data to ensure the study is robust. Effective communication strategies are essential to aid in recruitment and to provide feedback to contributors. Crowdfunding for scientific research provides an alternative source of funding for projects and particularly favours junior researchers and early-stage research. Research into scientific crowdfunding has demonstrated that platform selection, communication, use of rewards and promotion by other parties contribute to the success of a fundraising campaign. A key aspect of successful crowdsourcing and crowdfunding is targeting appeals to a motivated crowd of individuals. This opens up a new area of research to identify an appropriate target audience to support crowdsourcing and crowdfunding of forensic research.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation: Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Supervisor(s): Chapman, Brendan
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/53839
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