You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Chen Chen, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Johnson, Department of Geography and Environmental Management of the University of Waterloo, Canada. The study is conducted as part of Chen’s thesis research project for a Master of Science degree in Geomatics. The objectives of the research study are to understand the motivations to contribute volunteered geographic information (VGI) and to explore the appropriate game elements in VGI context.
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a 20-minute online survey. Survey questions focus on your personal experience with and reason to contribute OpenStreetMap (OSM).  Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by not submitting your responses. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. It is important for you to know that any information that you provide will be confidential. All of the data will be summarized and no individual could be identified from these summarized results. Furthermore, the web site is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers).
This is an anonymous survey unless you either enter your email address for the draw or agree to provide your contact information in the question that helps us to contact you for follow-up interview. If you select not to participate in the draw or provide your contact information in the question, the researchers have no way of identifying you or getting in touch with you. When information is transmitted over the internet confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. University of Waterloo practices are to turn off functions that collect machine identifiers such as IP addresses. Survey Monkey™ may collect this information without our knowledge and make this accessible to us. We will not use or save this information without your consent. If you prefer not to submit your responses through this host, please do not sign up for this study. The data, collected from this study will be maintained on a password-protected computer database in a restricted access area of the university. As well, the data will be electronically archived after completion of the study, maintained for 1 year and then erased.
In appreciation of the time you have given to this study, you can enter your email address into a draw for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Your odds of winning the prize is based on the number of individuals who participate in the study. Information collected to draw for the prize will not be linked to the study data in any way, and this identifying information will be stored separately, then destroyed after the prize has been provided. The amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report this amount for income tax purposes.
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee. However, the final decision about participation is yours. If you have any comments or concerns resulting from your participation in this study, please feel free to contact Dr. Maureen Nummelin in the Office of Research Ethics at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or maureen.nummelin@uwaterloo.ca.

Should you have any questions about the study, please contact either Peter Johnson (peter.johnson@uwaterloo.ca) or Chen Chen (c226chen@uwaterloo.ca). Further, if you would like to receive a copy of the results of this study, please contact either investigator.
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