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The catalog will include a survey of past and potential open innovation projects related to risk. The goal of the catalog is to identify a broad range of risk projects that span across the bureau and outside of the USGS, the variety of open innovation methods used, and the diverse types of participants in these projects. Such participants will expand the typical users identified in Figure 3 of the Risk Plan by including enthusiasts (e.g., naturalists, techies) as well as underrepresented and vulnerable communities (e.g., indigenous, special needs, and youths). The catalog will leverage existing project inventories like the CitizenScience.gov Catalog, SciStarter, CitSci.org, Zooniverse, Anecdata, and Challenge.gov.
Problem: Many open innovation projects are posted in various catalogs and project inventories online, some of which are difficult to explore and find projects.
SciStarter is a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, searchable by location, topic, age level, etc, have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs, and universities. As a research affiliate of NCSU and ASU, and a popular citizen science portal, SciStarter hosts an active community of close to 100,000 registered citizen scientists and millions of additional site visitors. Hundreds of citizen science projects use SciStarter's NSF-supported APIs to help citizen scientists earn credit for their participation in their SciStarter dashboard, across projects and platforms. These features enable SciStarter's partners (libraries, schools, museums, Girl Scouts and more) to catalyze customized citizen science pathways and track and support the progress of their communities through SciStarter. SciStarter also supports researchers in managing projects, including best practices for engaging participant partners.
SciStarter helps bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these activities. We aim to:
As your partner in research, CitSci.org provides tools for the entire research process including: creating new projects, managing project members, building custom data sheets, analyzing collected data, and gathering participant feedback. Citizen science empowers individuals to pursue their interests in the scientific world through developing and implementing projects using the scientific method. As a member of CitSci.org, you are encouraged to investigate your own scientific questions or jump on board as a volunteer for an existing project. CitSci.org stands out for its customization features that allow you to include your creativity into your research!
Zooniverse projects are constructed with the aim of converting volunteers' efforts into measurable results. These projects have produced a large number of published research papers, as well as several open-source sets of analyzed data. In some cases, Zooniverse volunteers have even made completely unexpected and scientifically significant discoveries.
Anecdata.org is a free online citizen science platform developed by the Community Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Anecdata is used by hundreds of individuals and organizations to gather and access citizen science observations and provides a platform to easily collect, manage, and share their citizen science data.
How Anecdata works:
Anecdata is an online community for citizen science! Anyone can use Anecdata to start a project and collect and share citizen science data. Data from projects on Anecdata are available for participants and everyone else to explore and download.
Anecdata provides a versatile platform that accommodates projects that don’t fit into the constructs of other citizen science platforms. If your project is just collecting observations of birds, you might want to use eBird; if your project is about collecting observations of (and identifying) organisms, you might want to use iNaturalist. But if your project has needs that don’t fit into these (excellent) platforms, that’s where Anecdata comes in!
Citizen science has amazing promise, but also raises questions about data quality and privacy. Its potential and challenges are explored in The Crowd & The Cloud, a 4-part public television series which first premiered in April 2017. Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, each episode takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate. In addition to viewing the series at this website, episodes will be re-run by many PBS stations through 2020, and can be accessed via www.pbs.org, and also on Amazon Prime. A summative evaluation reporting on results can be found on InformalScience.org
Challenge.gov is a web platform that assists federal agencies with inviting ideas and solutions directly from the public, or “crowd.” This is called crowdsourcing, and it’s a tenet of the Challenge.gov program. The website enables the U.S. government to engage citizen-solvers in prize competitions for top ideas and concepts as well as breakthrough software, scientific and technology solutions that help achieve their agency missions. This site also provides a comprehensive toolkit, a robust repository of considerations, best practices, and case studies on running public-sector prize competitions as developed with insights from prize experts across government.
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