Citizen science approaches to research


Build Your Own Online Lab with Volunteer Science

We will be offering a training workshop on using Volunteer Science to create online studies on Friday, April 21st from 1-4pm at Harvard University in CGIS South S010 Tsai Auditorium. This workshop will demonstrate how online studies are conducted, demo the Volunteer Science system, and provide hands-on guidance to help researchers get studies up and working. Please register so we can keep a headcount and provide enough support services.

Volunteer Science is a platform for creating online studies and recruiting participants. The training workshops will feature a review of approaches to online research with human subjects, including serious games, lab experiments, and citizen science. This overview will be followed by guided walkthroughs of how to set up both a survey-based study and a game-based study. You will receive access to a research team where you can add any number of collaborators, create any number of experiments, and recruit any number of subjects.

ICWSM 2017: Tutorial - Build Your Own Lab!

Proposal: one-page summary of experiments you want to design, one must be survey-based (Qualtrics), one game-based study

This tutorial workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the resources in the field, provide them with access to cutting edge lab technology, and then sustained help in creating their own online studies. In the first half of our workshop, we will host presentations and discussions on performing online studies with human participants in different scientific fields. These talks will focus on the process of conducting online lab studies, including designing experiments and human-in-the-loop studies, the types of studies that can be conducted online, and how to recruit participants and validate subject behavior.

In the second half of the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to work with developers and researchers to create their own experiments using Volunteer Science. Attendees will be given access to the experiment development system, system documentation, experiment templates, and testing platform. The workshop participants will be able to develop and test their own experiments or link survey-based experiments into Volunteer Science and, when possible, pilot their study. Attendees will have their own experiments/mygames pages where they can post and recruit without going through us.

For registration details and more information, please click HERE.


CSCW 2016: Designing Online Experiments

At this workshop, we hosted presentations from researchers performing online experiments and spent a half day helping attendees create experiments using the Volunteer Science platform. During the workshop, a group of scholars with a breadth of relevant experience discussed existing and emerging approaches to online experimentation. Participants learned about designing and running online studies and were given access to the Volunteer Science research platform, where they were able to work with researchers to develop, test, and deploy their own online studies.