The Open UniversitySkip to content

Weather-it: evolution of an online community for citizen inquiry

Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (2015). Weather-it: evolution of an online community for citizen inquiry. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business, i-Know 2015, ACM, article no. 13.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (1MB) | Preview
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


While Citizen Science projects involve people in passive or active project tasks, Citizen Inquiry offers the opportunity for deeper involvement through initiating and facilitating science investigations. This study aims to explore the creation and evolution of Weather-it, a Citizen Inquiry online community hosted by the nQuire-it platform. Weather-it enables people to create and maintain their own weather missions (investigations), to which other people can contribute. The evolution of Weather-it community is explored through social network graphs of Weather-it members and their interactions. Information regarding other aspects of the community such as the type of members, their recruitment and motivations, and the identity and sustainability of the community, is collected through a survey comprising open and closed-ended questions. The results indicate differences in these community engagement aspects between Citizen Science and Citizen Inquiry projects, providing insight into the behaviour of people in projects that require more active involvement throughout the scientific investigations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISBN: 1-4503-3721-X, 978-1-4503-3721-2
Keywords: community evolution; citizen science; citizen inquiry; public engagement
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 44049
Depositing User: Users 11090 not found.
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 10:51
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 17:43
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU