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Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum
Series of talks and open discussions to inform the USGS Open Innovation Strategy
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What does Open Innovation mean?
Open Innovation: Open Innovation is an umbrella term that refers to participatory methods and techniques for obtaining ideas, expertise, and resources from the public, organizations, and experts in an open way.
Citizen Science: The public participates voluntarily in the scientific process, addressing real-world problems in ways that may include formulating research questions, conducting scientific experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results, making new discoveries, developing technologies and applications, and solving complex problems.
Crowdsourcing: An open call for voluntary assistance from a large group of individuals for gathering ideas, observations, or services. Many crowdsourced efforts use rigorous procedures to ensure data quality, such as checking for agreement from multiple volunteers or developing verification protocols.
Challenges & Prize Competitions: An approach to federal contracting that promotes innovation by offering a monetary or non-monetary reward upon completing a specific objective or task. Prize competitions are a proven way to increase innovation for the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. Incentivized, open competition is a standard tool in many agencies’ toolboxes for delivering more cost-effective and efficient services, and advancing agencies’ core missions.
Civic Hacking: A creative and collaborative approach to problem solving. Hackathons are gatherings that encourage meaningful engagement between technology developers, designers, data scientists, subject matter experts, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders, making them great places to understand our users, build volunteer community and capacity, as well as recruit new talent. The goal is to produce quick and creative solutions, learn new tools and skills, and meet new people.
Open Innovation Announcements
A monthly newsletter with links to upcoming and past events related to open innovation.
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Natural Inquirer Citizen Science Edition (PDF or Order for Paper Copy)
5th Annual City Nature Challenge 2020
Dr. Sophia B Liu shares her journey in studying the use of social media in disasters since 2005 with Professor Leysia Palen, researching the use of citizen science to inform earthquakes and coastal hazard models at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and helping to initiate the FEMA Crowdsourcing Unit at the National Response Coordination Center with Chris Vaughan and Emily Martuscello. In the past 15 years, the use of social media and interactive maps has evolved to become effective communication channels in disasters, emergency managers and hazard scientists are integrating data from the public to provide actionable intelligence during emergency response, and digital volunteers are becoming vital in curating data across the internet and untraditional channels during disasters to inform situational awareness. PrepTalks are sponsored by FEMA, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Naval Postgraduate School, and National Homeland Security Consortium. Other FEMA PrepTalks that might be of interest are:
EteRNA - Rhiju Das, Ph.D. is a computational biochemist at Stanford University School of Medicine. Eterna couples a 250,000-player video game to the lab’s massively parallel experimental tools and deep learning, the first such platform in citizen science.
Protein-folding Citizen Scientists Tackle Covid-19 with Foldit - Firas Khatib, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Firas has been the lead scientist of Foldit, a video game that has allowed hundreds of thousands of players to contribute to biochemical scientific research. The long-term goal of this project is to utilize the combined power of humans and computers in order to build accurate models of disease-related proteins.
Covid Near You - Kara Seawalk is an epidemiologist for Health Map at Boston Children’s Hospital. COVID Near You invites the public to report current symptoms in real time, identified only by ZIP code. Those who take a moment to share their health status on a given day will help the experts track specific locations where COVID-19 is spreading or receding and at what rate. https://hms.harvard.edu/news/crowdsourcing-covid-19
COVID.SI: Citizen Science Project to Fight Against NCOV-SARS-2 by Distributed Computing - Dr Črtomir Podlipnikis an assistant professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The project aims to examine libraries of molecular compounds and help find a cure for coronavirus. You can also help with your computer. With the help of a small program, You will download a subset of compounds on your computer, examine the compounds in the context of the studied target and send the results to a server where they are collected for later analysis.
Safecast and Responding to Covid-19 through Crowdsourced Data - Angela Eaton leads Safecast’s air quality and radiation monitoring efforts and supports participatory environmental monitoring throughout the Americas. Currently, she’s working on COVID-19 response through the creation of a crowdsourced testing map and a virus progression diary.