Home/Motivating Contribution in a Participatory Sensing System via Quid-Pro-Quo

Motivating Contribution in a Participatory Sensing System via Quid-Pro-Quo

Anthony Tomasic, John Zimmerman, Aaron Steinfeld and Yun Huang
Carnegie Mellon University, CSCW '14 Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing, pp. 979-988, February, 2014

Download Publication (PDF)

Copyright notice: This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author’s copyright. These works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

Abstract

Participatory sensing systems (PSS) require frequent injection of information that has a short shelf-life. The use of crowds to gather information for PSS is therefore particularly challenging. In this study, we explore the impact of two policies on user contributions. A quid-pro-quo policy exchanges contributions from users for access to critical information in the system. A request policy simply reminds the user that information is needed to make the system function well. Prior research has shown that request for help in crowdsourced system is an effective mechanism to increase contributions. During a large-scale experimental study within a publicly deployed, crowdsourced, transit information system, we analyzed metrics associated with frequency of contribution and commitment to long-term use over a 10-month period. Our results confirmed that quid-pro-quo led to more contribution, but at a cost of faster departure from the study. When a participant was simply requested to contribute, but could still access community-generated data if they ignored a request, was largely ineffective and was statistically similar to the control condition where no request for contribution occurred. Thus crowdsource system designers should consider imposing quid-pro-quo type policies for PSS that concentrate on fewer users, but makes them more productive.

BibTeX Reference
@conference{Tomasic-2014-7833,
title = {Motivating Contribution in a Participatory Sensing System via Quid-Pro-Quo},
author = {Anthony Tomasic and John Zimmerman and Aaron Steinfeld and Yun Huang},
booktitle = {CSCW '14 Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing},
publisher = {ACM New York, NY, USA © 2014},
school = {Robotics Institute , Carnegie Mellon University},
month = {February},
year = {2014},
pages = {979-988},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},
}
2017-09-13T10:39:04+00:00