Earn points by completing tasks in our Volunteer Portal! Tasks are created to help build the Metabolism of Cities ecosystem, which needs to be up to date, accessible and useful to the wider community. As a community-led resource we want to recognise all contributions to this ecosystem from simply adding to our existing resources to carefully curating our projects and building new features. We value the time and effort our volunteers put into Metabolism of Cities and we want to recognise that contribution through our Points System.
The Points System was designed to award points to completed tasks based on the time and effort it takes to complete the task and the value of the output. Along the spectrum of simply uploading a publication or laboriously writing a data article for inclusion in our Data Hub, the output of a completed task is considered in the system. Points are assigned according to the type of task (uploading, reviewing, administering, curating, creating etc) and the value of the output in our work (a social media share vs creating an online course module). The points system is designed to award recognition to all contributors that tasks big or small and to level-up the more you contribute.
We hope that this system will create whole new level of engagement amongst our volunteers and perhaps spur on the competitive nature in some of us. In a more practical sense, the points awarded, in conjunction with Badges, will also unlock levels of access to have more administrative power within our projects.
Our Points and Badges System is a work in progress. Interested in building this with us? Discuss and help here.
|Type of activity||Category||Points|
|Add a new event||Uploading||2|
|Add a new organisation||Uploading||2|
|Communication and engagement||Communicating||5|
|Create education material||Creating||10|
|Create visualisation or graphic||Creating||10|
|Curate uploaded items||Curating||4|
|General Research Work||Creating||8|
|General administrative work||Administering||2|
|General review work||Reviewing||2|
|Process a dataset||Curating||6|
|Process a publication||Curating||4|
|Process a video||Curating||4|
|Review a data article||Reviewing||4|
|Review and publish shapefile||Reviewing||3|
|Upload a data visualisation||Uploading||2|
|Upload a dataset to the inventory||Uploading||2|
|Upload a photo||Uploading||2|
|Upload a publication||Uploading||4|
|Upload and curate items||Curating||6|
Badges aim to give recognition to those who have become experts in their field of contribution. Badges are digitally awarded to your profile when you have completed a certain number of tasks in a particular field. Each badge type has three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Awarded for participation; easy to collect by diving in!
Awarded for significant contributions; harder to collect.
Very difficult to obtain; requires very significant contribution.
Our badges and badge levels have been heavily inspired by the Stack Overflow system.