Leeuwis, Cees and Cieslik, K.J. and Aarts, M.N.C. and Dewulf, A.R.P.J. and Ludwig, F. and Werners, S.E. and Struik, P.C. (2018) 'Reflections on the potential of virtual citizen science platforms to address collective action challenges: Lessons and implications for future research.', NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 86-87 (1). pp. 146-157.
Rural communities in Africa are facing numerous challenges related to human health, agricultural production, water scarcity and service delivery. Addressing such challenges requires effective collective action and coordination among stakeholders, which often prove difficult to achieve. Against the background of the increased availability of information and communication technologies (ICTs), this article synthesizes the lessons from six case-studies reported in this Special Issue. The cases investigate the possible role of digital citizen science platforms (labelled EVOCAs: Environmental Virtual Observatories for Connective Action) in overcoming the challenges of integrating heterogeneous actors in collective management of common resources and/or the provision of public goods. Inspired by the seminal work of Elinor Ostrom, our expectation was that such platforms could help operationalize communication and information-related design principles and community conditions that are known to enhance the capacity to address environmental challenges.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2018.07.008|
|Publisher statement:||© 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences.|
|Date accepted:||31 July 2018|
|Date deposited:||10 May 2022|
|Date of first online publication:||31 August 2018|
|Date first made open access:||10 May 2022|
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