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Thousands of examining eyes: credibility, authority and validity in biodiversity citizen science data production
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Information Practices and Digital Cultures)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4187-7004
2023 (English)In: Aslib Journal of Information Management, ISSN 2050-3806, E-ISSN 2050-3814, Vol. 75, no 1, p. 149-170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to contribute with knowledge about how valid research data in biodiversity citizen science are produced through information practices and how notions of credibility and authority emerge from these practices.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected through an empirical, interview-based study of the information practices of 15 participants active in the vicinity of the Swedish biodiversity citizen science information system Artportalen. Interview transcripts were analysed abductively and qualitatively through a coding scheme by working back and forth between theory and data. Values of credibility, authority and validity of research data were unfolded through a practice-oriented perspective to library and information studies by utilising the theoretical lens of boundary objects.

Findings

Notions of credibility, authority and validity emerge through participant activities of transforming species observations to data, supplementing reports with objects of trust, augmenting identification through authority outreach and assessing credibility via peer monitoring. Credibility, authority and validity of research data are shown to be co-constructed in a distributed fashion by the participants and the information system.

Originality/value

The article extends knowledge about information practices in emerging, heterogeneous scholarly settings by focussing on the complex co-construction of credibility, authority and validity in relation to data production.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. Vol. 75, no 1, p. 149-170
Keywords [en]
Information practices, Citizen science, Boundary objects, Credibility, Authority, Validity
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-27665DOI: 10.1108/AJIM-10-2021-0292ISI: 000773611700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85126799729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-27665DiVA, id: diva2:1646028
Available from: 2022-03-21 Created: 2022-03-21 Last updated: 2023-03-08Bibliographically approved

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