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Survey about the Adrift citizen science project
Information sheet for survey participants

Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not to participate.  If you decide to participate we thank you.  If you decide not to take part there will be no disadvantage to you and we thank you for considering our request.

About this research
This project examines the Adrift citizen science project. The research aims to explore the motivations for and benefits of participation in citizen science, and the role that social media can play in recruiting and retaining participants.  Data collected through this research will also provide feedback for the Adrift project developers.

We are looking for participants over the age of 16 willing to complete an online survey. The survey asks questions about your perceptions of the Adrift citizen science project. For some people who agree to participate further, a short follow-up phone or email survey will also be conducted.

You may withdraw from participation in this research project at any time and without any disadvantage to yourself.

About the information collected
We ask you to fill out a short survey about your experiences with the Adrift project. This will take about 5 minutes of your time. Contact details are recorded only if you agree to participate in a follow-up survey. While you are not required to answer any of the survey questions, the raw data that will be requested will include personal information such as your gender, age, region of residence and education level. The only people who will have access to this project’s raw data are the research team. Anonymous results will be summarised and provided to others.

The data collected will be securely stored in such a way that only the researchers will be able to gain access to it. Data obtained as a result of the research will be retained for at least 5 years in secure storage. Any personal information held on the participants may be destroyed at the completion of the research even though the data derived from the research will, in most cases, be kept for much longer or possibly indefinitely.

The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand). Individual participant anonymity will be preserved.

I know that:
1.     My participation is entirely voluntary;
2.     I am free to withdraw at any time without any disadvantage;
4. I am free to request further information at any stage;
3.     Any personal identifying information (e.g. audio recordings, in the case I agree to participate in the follow-up survey) will be destroyed at the conclusion of the project, but raw data on which the results of the project depend on will be retained in secure storage for at least five years;
4.     The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand) but my anonymity will be preserved.  

If you have any questions about our project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact:

Professor Nancy Longnecker
Centre for Science Communication
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
(+64) 03 479 7885
nancy.longnecker [at] otago.ac.nz


This study has been approved by the Centre for Science Communication. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph +64 03 479-8256), quoting the reference number (18/179). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.