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Intelligent Sensing for Citizen Science Challenges and Future Directions

O'Grady, Michael J., Muldoon, Conor, Carr, Dominic, Wan, Jie, Kroon, Barnard and O'Hare, Gregory M. P. (2016) Intelligent Sensing for Citizen Science Challenges and Future Directions. Mobile Networks and Applications. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1572-8153

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Abstract

Interest in Citizen Science has grown significantly over the last decade. Much of this interest can be traced to the provision of sophisticated platforms that enable seamless collaboration, cooperation and coordination between professional and amateur scientists. In terms of field research, smart-phones have been widely adopted, automating data collection and enriching observations with photographs, sound recordings and GPS coordinates using embedded sensors hosted on the device itself. Interaction with external sensor platforms such as those normally used in the environmental monitoring domain is practically null-existent. Remedying this deficiency would have positive ramifications for both the professional and citizen science communities. To illustrate the relevant issues, this paper considers a common problem, that of data collection in sparse sensor networks, and proposes a practical solution that would enable citizen scientists act as Human Relays thus facilitating the collection of data from such networks. Broader issues necessary for enabling intelligent sensing using common smart-phones and embedded sensing technologies are then discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 15:43
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 15:43
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2135

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