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No rose on this one?: Citizen science field excursion negotiations at the Great Alvar
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Information Practices and Digital Cultures)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4187-7004
2024 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies, ISSN 1894-4647, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 5-16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

This study explores how material qualities of tools contribute to shape information practices of observing, documenting, identifying and reporting species in biodiversity citizen science. Through participant observation and trace ethnography, information practices enacted during a field excursion at a World Heritage Site in south-eastern Sweden are investigated in relation to reported data submitted to the species observation system Artportalen. The study, which adopts a theoretical lens comprising the analytical concepts of epistemic objects and inscriptions, finds that the participants’ situated questioning, discussion, documenting and comparison of species through tool use establishes the observations as projections of knowledge claims. These projections are subsequently constrained but also appended as they are reported as data via Artportalen. As material qualities are generally made invisible, the reported data are augmented by the observation system when merged with other reports to aggregated data. The study extends knowledge concerning how biodiversity citizen science field excursions are conducted by understanding information practices and their outcomes as entangled activities characterised by negotiations in relation to material tools rather than as streamlined processes. Consequently, the results expand knowledge of the messy practices carried out to produce biodiversity citizen science data.

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2024. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 5-16
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Botany, biodiversity, citizen science, information practices, materiality
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-31641DOI: 10.5324/njsts.v12i1.5860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-31641DiVA, id: diva2:1841329
Available from: 2024-02-28 Created: 2024-02-28 Last updated: 2024-03-07Bibliographically approved

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