Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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USGS Open Innovation Strategy

The Problem: The USGS has a long history of enhancing our science through crowdsourcing and citizen science techniques. Current efforts are ad hoc and developed in response to specific science needs. While there is growing interest in using these techniques including the prize competitions, there is no unified strategy for effective use across the bureau. A strategy is needed to provide guidance to USGS scientists and managers on when and how to use these techniques most effectively and to evaluate their effectiveness.