Case studies of existing projects/Spotlight on established projects
- Their project purpose, goals, reason for existence
- Drivers behind starting the project
- What are the data outputs?
- Are there management decisions being made with the data?
- Who are using the data?
- How does it strengthen or integrate with USGS Science
- Solicit expanded metadata/data survey ?
- Typology of citizen science projects in USGS--active and passive (gathering data from social media)
- Understanding citizen motivation
- Detailed metadata records about the data collected (expand survey/inventory performed in Fall 2011)
- How can CS data be assessed
- How are CS data used, and by whom
- Where the data are used, what standards it they utilizes, how it can be accessed, data sharing policy
Challenges, barriers, tough spots - what are the barriers you encountered establishing your citizen science project?
- Challenges encountered in establishing or running citizen science projects
- How did you deal with USGS policies and issues such as PII, etc.
- USGS Volunteer Handbook doesn't clearly address web-scale Citizen Science.
- What other barriers had to be overcome?
- Knowledge-base of challenges and solutions from various projects/perspectives
- How to motivate volunteers in active versus passive projects
- Use of gamification as approach to spur interest/participation by other user communities
How to establish a citizen science project
- How did you establish your project - what was the driver/need?
- Policy issues
- How to engage the public
- Training citizen scientists
- QA/QC of data
- Analyzing data
- Outputs/effect/evaluation needs
- Roadmap of needs and decisions, how to start a citizen science project within the USGS
- Mandated limits on collection of PII, other information
- Collection ethics
- Quality resources and help documents used as guides
- Data acquisition and management best practices
Standards adoption in citizen science projects
- What standards are used?
- What protocols are available?
- Biological data standards used?
- What has the adoption of standards allowed in your project?
- Has it expanded data sharing capabilities?
- Other benefits the adoption of standards can bring?
- Novel uses of the data by other scientists or in other programs/projects?
- Knowledgebase from existing projects:
- Standards used
- Protocols used
- Biological data standards used
- Exchange schemas used
- Examples of data exchange or integration
Technical aspects/Technology diversity in citizen science
- Knowledge-base from existing projects
- Developments or examples from existing projects
- Pros/cons to consider with each
- QA/QC Benefits of mobile data collection (Sally Holl TWSC)
Future Directions in USGS/Partner Citizen Science - formation of new focus groups within the CSWG
- Discussions and kickoffs for new focus groups
- Policy Barriers group
- Address continuing or upcoming challenges
- Include folks who have some kind of power to push issue resolution (or establish contacts with those who do have that power)
- Discovery group
- Continue the discovery and sharing of new/existing projects, establishing document store/knowledge-base of their activities
- Scheduling meetings for future CSWG meetings, inviting or outreach to other USGS scientists
- Training group
- Have presenters demonstrate various how tos
- Organize new focus groups
- Brainstorm ideas for new focus groups needed
- Solicit membership