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Encouraging Contributions

Design elements and approaches that encourage contributors to engage, make changes and coordinate around specific tasks

All patterns in this category

Deliver Individual Value

Contributors may struggle to see the value in participating in the project.

Explorable Data

How can you help contributors see the current state of coverage or completeness of a dataset so that they can choose where to contribute?

Gamify Contributions

Contributors are not engaging with the project.

Invite All Contributions

Contributors aren’t always aware of where you need help in your project.


Maintaining a mature database involves carrying smaller repetitive tasks that may be less engaging for contributors

Organise Campaigns

Contributors’ attention needs to be focused on a milestone or a specific set of tasks.

Progress Indicator

Contributors need to see that the project is progressing.

Suggested Edits

Records in the dataset are incomplete but could be improved through some small additions.

Visibly Editable

It may not be clear to users that they can immediately fix a problem

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