Exploration of aural and visual media about birds informs lessons for citizen science design

Jessica L. Oliver, Margot Brereton, Selen Turkay, David M. Watson, Paul Roe

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Acoustic sensing has been hailed as a game-changer for detecting furtive wildlife, but uptake has been constrained by the laborious process of reviewing resultant torrents of audio data. To inform the design of interactive interfaces for reviewing audio recordings, we explored how people interact with aural and visual media about birds. We observed how twelve participants with different levels of interest in birds engaged with vocalization recordings, visualizations of bird calls, photographs, and range maps of three species. By conducting thematic analysis, we identified a variety of Challenges of Exploration and Benefits of a Media Assortment. We contribute lessons for designing to Bridge Knowledge & Context and to Facilitate Long-term Engagement with audio in ways that are fun, accessible, and informative. We provide explicit guidance for designers to diversify how citizen scientists interact with nature through audio as they move from engagement to conservation action.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc (ACM)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369749
Publication statusPublished - 03 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: DIS 2020 - Virtual conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 06 Jul 202020 Jul 2020
https://dis.acm.org/2020/ (conference website)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3357236 (proceedings)
https://programs.sigchi.org/dis/2020/program (program)

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NameDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference


Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Abbreviated titleMore than human-centred design
OtherDIS 2020 will be a virtual conference. The conference will open July 6 and proceedings for the conference will be open access until July 20th. The program will include Papers, Pictorials, Provocations-Works-in-progress, and Demos. Our chairs will ask authors to create pre-recorded presentations or other contributions for the virtual program. We will also post available preview videos as part of the program. The Performance and Design Exhibition will be a virtual gallery. The Doctoral Consortium and Student Design Competition will host virtual sessions via video conference. We invite Workshop organizers to organize virtual sessions or online events and we will help where we can. We will provide asynchronous channels for conversations and questions on different social media and web channels.
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