University of Oulu

A. Alorwu, A. Visuri, N. van Berkel and S. Hosio, "(Re)Using Crowdsourced Health Data: Perceptions of Data Contributors," in IEEE Software, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 36-42, Jan.-Feb. 2022, doi: 10.1109/MS.2021.3117684

(Re)using crowdsourced health data : perceptions of data contributors

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Author: Alorwu, A.1; Visuri, A.1; van Berkel, N.2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
2Aalborg University
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-01-28


Open data are often contributed by various governments and public sector actors. An increasingly popular way to collect large bespoke data sets is crowdsourcing. In this article, we explore crowdsourced open data as enablers of future software solutions. We recruited participants from an online paid crowdsourcing platform to provide open mental health related data that was used to create an interactive data-driven decision support system for self-care. We then invited a sub-sample of 80 participants back to explore the tool that was created using their own data and to provide a rich account of perceptions on issues around such health data reuse in software. Our results unfold a range of different perceived threats and opportunities in using crowdsourced data to enable software solutions, and our work contributes a topical case study and discussion toward the use of crowdsourced data in an open fashion.

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Series: IEEE software
ISSN: 0740-7459
ISSN-E: 1937-4194
ISSN-L: 0740-7459
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
Pages: 36 - 42
DOI: 10.1109/MS.2021.3117684
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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