Participatory Patterns in an International Air Quality Monitoring Initiative

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dc.identifier.uri Sirbu, Alina Becker, Martin Caminiti, Saverio De Baets, Bernard Elen, Bart Francis, Louise Gravino, Pietro Hotho, Andreas Ingarra, Stefano Loreto, Vittorio Molino, Andrea Müller, Jürgen Peters, Jan Ricchiuti, Ferdinando Saracino, Fabio Servedio, Vito D.P. Stumme, Gerd Theunis, Jan Tria, Francesca Van den Bossche, Joris 2016-06-13T14:30:39Z 2016-06-13T14:30:39Z 2015-08-27
dc.identifier.citation Sirbu, Alina; Becker, Martin; Caminiti, Saverio; De Baets, Bernard; Elen, Bart; Francis, Louise; Gravino, Pietro; Hotho, Andreas; Ingarra, Stefano; Loreto, Vittorio; Molino, Andrea; Mueller, Juergen; Peters, Jan; Ricchiuti, Ferdinando; Saracino, Fabio; Se: Participatory Patterns in an International Air Quality Monitoring Initiative. In: PloS ONE 10 (2015), Nr. 8, e0136763. DOI:
dc.description.abstract The issue of sustainability is at the top of the political and societal agenda, being considered of extreme importance and urgency. Human individual action impacts the environment both locally (e.g., local air/water quality, noise disturbance) and globally (e.g., climate change, resource use). Urban environments represent a crucial example, with an increasing realization that the most effective way of producing a change is involving the citizens themselves in monitoring campaigns (a citizen science bottom-up approach). This is possible by developing novel technologies and IT infrastructures enabling large citizen participation. Here, in the wider framework of one of the first such projects, we show results from an international competition where citizens were involved in mobile air pollution monitoring using low cost sensing devices, combined with a web-based game to monitor perceived levels of pollution. Measures of shift in perceptions over the course of the campaign are provided, together with insights into participatory patterns emerging from this study. Interesting effects related to inertia and to direct involvement in measurement activities rather than indirect information exposure are also highlighted, indicating that direct involvement can enhance learning and environmental awareness. In the future, this could result in better adoption of policies towards decreasing pollution. eng
dc.description.sponsorship European Commission/EU RD/IST-265432
dc.description.sponsorship SONY-CS Computer Science Lab
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher San Francisco : Public Library Science
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE 10 (2015), Nr. 8
dc.rights CC BY 4.0 Unported
dc.subject transport microenvironments eng
dc.subject exposure eng
dc.subject pollution eng
dc.subject carbon eng
dc.subject.ddc 600 | Technik ger
dc.title Participatory Patterns in an International Air Quality Monitoring Initiative
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.essn 1932-6203
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 8
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 10
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage e0136763
dc.description.version publishedVersion
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