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Ideas for Sessions, Presentations, and Breakouts

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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
  • Security
  • 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

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