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Hi all,

Barbara's student Will has begun/done a search of USGS programs/projects in citizen science, and we wanted to check with you all to see what you thought of what information we should be gleaning from his search.

In the message below to Barbara I copy/pasted the survey fields used in the Mobile Apps Developer group in CDI from their survey website - it's pretty detailed and has some fields that may not be of interest/relevant to our own search.  What are your thoughts everyone on the information we should include?

We may think about doing a more detailed survey of programs at our workshop..  Something that may be too complicated to begin right now (?), but we might consider if we should try to get more detailed metadata about the data collected in each program?  I have seen a similar practice done in the development of a data sharing partnership/exchange network among programs where an Excel based inventory was created with field concepts described across the top of the sheet with each program/database involved asked to have someone check off cells if their program collects that information to help design an exchange schema.  Since so many projects are at least generating occurrence type of data, it might be interesting to see where that data might be linked into data aggregation efforts like GBIF and other similar efforts.

But specific to our current inventory of projects search, Barbara was asking if:

Project name
Contact person
Contact Email
URL

Is enough of an inventory?  I would propose we might also include a brief description of the project or focal area of the project if it's not obvious or well known?

This would likely help us to put together invitation lists for speakers, invites for the workshop as well.

What are your thoughts, everyone?

Cheers,
Megan

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Thanks for clarifying. Will has collected the following information about 11 USGS projects (most of them we know about): Project name, Contact Person, Contact email, URL.
So if we want additional information, we should query the group.....If we can get a handle on what we want to collect, I can get him started on the Google Forms. I agree that the mobile apps is way too detailed.
Perhaps just the above fields and type of data???
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Barbara S. Poore, Ph.D.
Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
U.S. Geological Survey
600 4th Street South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
727-803-8747 x 3095
727-803-2032 (f)
bspoore@usgs.gov

From:

Megan K Hines <mhines@usgs.gov>

To:

Barbara S Poore <bspoore@usgs.gov>

Cc:

William Roberts <wgr@mail.usf.edu>, will.g.roberts@gmail.com

Date:

09/16/2011 01:08 PM

Subject:

Re: Citizen Science Database

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I think from our discussions at previous working group meetings, it was mentioned that the Mobile Apps Development group had performed a survey across the USGS for collecting this information (see https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/cdi/USGS+Mobile+App+Development+Efforts|confluence/display/cdi/USGS+Mobile+App+Development+Efforts) and that we might model what we do after their process.

They designed a Google Spreadsheet/Form for collecting responses from folks or did data entry themselves with the information and collected the following:

Survey Form fields

  • Application Name
  • Description or Scope
  • Development status
  • Deployment date (if in production)
  • Users (USGS Scientist, Citizen Scientist, Public, etc.)
  • Platform
  • URL (if web based)
  • Download/accessibility medium (if native application)
  • Operating System/Device (if native application)
  • Other OS/Device (if native application)
  • OS version
  • Programming language
  • Other programming language
  • Tools and technologies used in development
  • Other Tools and technologies used
  • Technical Point of Contact
  • Email of POC
  • USGS Program and/or Project leading the development
  • Comments/SuggestionsSome of these fields may not apply to our endeavor with Citizen Science programs, but I think getting a general idea of that info for those projects within USGS/partners to the extent we can.  This would help us for invitations to the workshop I imagine as well as getting a handle on the questions:

1)  what kinds of programs/projects currently exist
2)  what data are they generating?  
3)  who is using the data and for what purpose?

On 9/16/2011 10:15 AM, Barbara S Poore wrote:
Megan:  My student Will Roberts has compiled a list of all the USGS citizen science projects he could find. It was not clear to me what you wanted to do in terms of an Internet form. It would be good to discuss this with you either later today (before 3) or on Monday when Will will be back. Thanks Barbara ---------------------------------------------------
Barbara S. Poore, Ph.D.
Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
U.S. Geological Survey
600 4th Street South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
727-803-8747 x 3095
727-803-2032 (f)bspoore@usgs.gov

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7 Comments

  1. From Linda A Weir

    Hi,

    If the purpose is to get an inventory of projects within USGS that use citizens in science, then less is more.  The fewer questions, the more likely people are to respond.   

    All the best,

    - Linda

  2. From Kelly Lotts

    I like the idea of also asking for what data are collected.

  3. Dave to Barbara - (over email)

    Good morning Barbara--

    Glad you got a good night's sleep last night. <wink>
    The CDI site is back up.  I posted some ideas on the possible DB fields at https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/cdi/CSWG+USGS+Citizen+Science+Projects (see the comments section).  These are my own thoughts and I noticed that some of the suggestions spurred a couple of comments both pro and con from the work group.  It's all good to me.
    In the name of efficiency, I think that you and Megan should make an executive decision on content to be collected based on everyone's input and move forward ASAP.

  4. Barb to Megan/Dave

    Hi Megan
    My intern will be in this afternoon and I can get him started on making the Google forms to link to database.
    Dave Govoni suggested that you and I make an executive decision as to what fields to include.
    Here are the ones suggested by Dave G on confluence. I think these are fine. What do you think? (Maybe lead USGS Organization/Affilliates, Partners)?

            •        Project Name -- Self explanatory
            •        Project Description  --  Brief synopsis; can be simply cut and pasted from the project's website
            •        USGS Managing Organization  --  A murky label, I admit, but should be the lowest level USGS 'organizational/administrative' element (e.g., parent Project if known but at) where known
            •        Partner Organization(s)  --  Desired content self-evident -- I'd prefer a name and a link at minimum
            •        Data Types  --  General "classes" of data (descriptive in the first instance) and, if possible, links to actual data sets (latter could warrant separate "column")
            •        USGS Point of Contact  --  Name, basic contact info -- PI or PM as appropriate -- grouped here but parsed out into separate fields if this winds up being a true, automated "catalog"
            •        Selected References  --  Flexible content  -- emphasis on more general papers, fact sheets, presentations, or whatever else that explains the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the project rather than very focused research papers derived from the data collected -- meant to educate internal audience of practitioners and especially potential practitioners
            •        Note  --  Catch all bucket for any other pertinent information

    Thanks
    Barbara

  5. Let me know what you think or if you need changes. It would be nice if we had a shortened URL when we publicize it.
    Will is populating with the material he's already collected

    https://docs.google.com/a/usgs.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?ndplr=1&formkey=dDZueUxhQklDNU5oZGctRXRaeU81N3c6MQ#gid=0

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    Barbara S. Poore, Ph.D.
    Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
    U.S. Geological Survey
    600 4th Street South
    Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
    727-803-8747 x 3095
    727-803-2032 (f)
    bspoore@usgs.gov

    From:

    "David L. Govoni" <dgovoni@usgs.gov>

    To:

    "Barbara S Poore" <bspoore@usgs.gov>

    Cc:

    Farial Shahnaz <fshahnaz@usgs.gov>, Megan K Hines <mhines@usgs.gov>

    Date:

    09/19/2011 11:58 AM

    Subject:

    Re: Google forms


    Like Megan said.

    On Sep 19, 2011, at 11:49 AM, Barbara S Poore wrote:

    Does he have to create it there? Or can we put it there once created? Also we are, I think going to target outside projects--will they be able to get to the form?
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    Barbara S. Poore, Ph.D.
    Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
    U.S. Geological Survey
    600 4th Street South
    Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
    727-803-8747 x 3095
    727-803-2032 (f) bspoore@usgs.gov

    From:

    "David L. Govoni" <dgovoni@usgs.gov>

    To:

    Megan K Hines <mhines@usgs.gov>

    Cc:

    Farial Shahnaz <fshahnaz@usgs.gov>, Barbara S Poore <bspoore@usgs.gov>

    Date:

    09/19/2011 11:47 AM

    Subject:

    Re: Google forms


    I think we'll want to maintain the data "within the family" on our USGS Google Docs site -- https://docs.google.com/a/usgs.gov/ -- within our Google Apps workspace (https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/usgs.gov/Dashboard) and not that of the student.

    Dave G.

    On Sep 19, 2011, at 11:28 AM, Megan K Hines wrote:

    Thanks Farial - you guys are all too quick.  A fire alarm and typing slowed me down - but I sent this info along too

    Hi there,

    Once we would have the form set up we would only need to share the URL for people to do the entry part.  The results would come out in a spreadsheet from Google.  If your student has a Google account, they can set up a form using Google Documents.  Sign into Google and then choose to go to the Documents option (just like mail, news, etc, at the top of the screen, if it isn't displayed, you can click More to see a longer list which likely includes Documents.

    From there, on the menu bar, you can Create New -> Form to get started.

    Quick steps here in a video:  http://lifehacker.com/394188/creating-web-input-forms-with-google-spreadsheets
    I'm fairly free this morning - at UW until about 12:30pm CDT, try me on my cell (or give to Will) xxxxxxxxxx

    Have a meeting at 11:30am CT for a few minutes and then another at 1pm CT for an hour or two.

    Thanks,
    Megan

    On 9/19/2011 10:26 AM, Farial Shahnaz wrote:
    http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=87809
    (smile)

    Farial Shahnaz
    Developer
    IIa, Inc., Contracted to:
    USGS Core Science Systems
    703-648-4305

  6. From Eric Wolf:

    I'd recommend starting with a minimal number of questions but make it easy to add more information. I don't think we need to "gamify" the process but I suspect if we make it easy to provide more information, we'll get more than we want!

  7. From Dave Govoni:

    Give 'em a place to put more info (like data collected), just make it clear that it's not mandatory (though, of course, the patriotic thing to do).