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Description: A community to share best practices, resources, and emerging projects involving Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, Civic Hacking, Prizes & Challenge Competitions, and other Open Innovation efforts. Connect with other USGS and DOI bureaus on related open innovation efforts. Participate in monthly USGS and DOI meetings and working groups.

Point Of Contact: Sophia B Liu (Innovation Specialist),

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"Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."  --Rachel Carson

Citizen-Centered Innovation Community

'Citizen science' refers to scientific observation, measurement, research, and related activities conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists and other citizen volunteers (modified from Wikipedia, 04-15-2013). 

The purpose of Citizen-Centered Innovation Community is to:

  • Promote an understanding of the role and potential benefits of open innovation (crowdsourcing, citizen science, civic hacking, challenges & prize competitions) for USGS as well as across the DOI bureaus and offices;
  • Facilitate and enhance connections between the USGS and the larger federal and public Citizen Science and Open Innovation communities;
  • Provide access to information and tools to support the proper, effective, and creative use of these open innovation efforts within the USGS and across DOI bureaus;
  • Engage the public to foster and improve the public's scientific literacy and use of USGS and DOI products and services.

Become a Member

The Citizen-Centered Innovation community welcomes the participation of anyone interested in Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, Civic Hacking, Prizes & Challenge Competitions, and other Open Innovation efforts at USGS and other DOI bureaus. If you wish join the community, please email

After you have joined, please add your name and other information to our Citizen-Centered Innovation Member Roster

If you wish to send an email to the distribution group, please use:

Citizen-Centered Innovation Calendar


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Upcoming Monthly Meetings

USGS and DOI Citizen-Centered Innovation Monthly Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 21
  • Agenda

Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science (CCS) Monthly Meeting

Recent Meetings

Science and Decisions Center (SDC) Citizen-Centered Innovation Seminar Series

  • Sophia B Liu - Operationalizing Crowdsourcing at FEMA (VIDEO) (SLIDES)
  • CDI Statement of Interest Proposal (PDF)


USGS and DOI Resources

Other Agency Resourcs

Related Community and Activities Sites

Federal Resources


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