Confluence Retirement

Due to the feedback from stakeholders and our commitment to not adversely impact USGS science activities that Confluence supports, we are extending the migration deadline to January 2023.

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is targeted for retirement. 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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Join the Open Innovation Community 

The Open Innovation community welcomes the participation of anyone interested in Open Innovation efforts like Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, Civic Hacking, and Challenge & Prize Competitions.

USGS Open Innovation Teams Site (Code: mom37z3) - Only accessible to USGS and other DOI Bureaus

Join Open Innovation Community Listserv:

Open Innovation Listserv Email:

Point of Contact: Sophia Liu and


Upcoming Open Innovation Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Join Zoom Meeting:

1:00 - 1:05    Introduction and Announcements

Sophia B Liu is the lead coordinator for the CDI Open Innovation Community, an Innovation Specialist at the Science and Decisions Center, and the USGS Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Coordinator. Sophia will provide an introduction to the Open Innovation Community and announcements on other related events and resources.

1:05 - 1:20    Why Open Innovation Matters

Sophia will provide an overview of what is open innovation and why it matters. This presentation is intended to provide brief examples of how open innovation (crowdsourcing, citizen science, prize competitions, etc.) already exists at USGS as well as how we contribute to and use crowdsourced data personally and professionally everyday.

1:20 - 1:40    Using Open Innovation to Engage Youth and Underserved Communities in the Pacific Islands

Sheree Watson is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow working with the Youth and Education in Science (YES) program in the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI). Sheree’s experience spans a range of disciplines in aquatic biogeochemistry, as well as an educator in both formal (K-12), and informal STEM education. Sheree will talk about three open innovation USGS projects she is currently developing aimed at youth and underserved communities in the Pacific Islands:

  1. Using Raspberry Shake for educational outreach and seismic signal monitoring with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO),
  2. Developing a mobile app to engage communities in the restoration of the keystone and culturally important Hawaiian tree (‘Ōhi’a) with the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC), and
  3. Developing a mobile app to engage affiliated Pacific Island community members in sea-level rise research with the Pacific Island Climate Adaptation Center (PICASC).

1:40 - 2:00    Participating in the USGS Open Innovation Strategy

Sophia B Liu is leading the USGS Open Innovation Strategy and will discuss how you can participate in this strategy, the collaboration platforms and tools that will be used, and the types of presentations and working group meetings that will be proposed. This is intended to be an interactive discussion to gather suggestions and questions using a Mentimeter poll.

Zoom Meeting Information  (Host Zoom Info)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Mobile Call (No Code Required): +16468769923,,461778105#

Call-In Number: 646-876-9923   |   Meeting ID: 461 778 105    |     Find your local number:

Past Open Innovation / Citizen-Centered Innovation Meetings