Happy Match!

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Happy Match!
September 2012 :: Click Image to View
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About Happy Match!
Happy Match! (which is retitled for its different versions: Happy Moths!, Happy Fish!, etc.) is a citizen science game designed as part of a large-scale design science research project. The game itself has players try to correctly answer questions about a set of unknown specimen photos taken by researchers in the field. A few of the photos in the set have known answers, and players are scored on how well they do on these "Happy" photos. I was the lead designer for Happy Match!, conceptualized the game, and directed a team of student developers at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies in its implementation. I am also the project manager and one of the researchers for the NSF-funded research project of which this game is just a part.

Happy Match!

Happy Match! is part of a broader research effort exploring motivation in citizen science: what motivates people to participate in online science activities, and how can games be used to motivate different kinds of people to participate? Furthermore, what is the impact on data quality when games are used as a vehicle for studying the biological sciences? For more information about this project, check out several published citizen science papers on the research page, or visit any one of the following links: