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.

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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: https://listserv.usgs.gov/mailman/listinfo/cdi-openinnovation

Open Innovation Listserv Email: cdi-openinnovation@listserv.usgs.gov

Point of Contact: Sophia Liu sophialiu@usgs.gov


Open Innovation Announcements

COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts

A curated list of links to novel coronavirus COVID-19 open innovation efforts and other interactive dashboards, maps, and visualizations from the usual and unusual players, as well as other spontaneous open innovation efforts around the world.

April 2020 Newsletter

A monthly newsletter with links to upcoming and past events related to open innovation. 

Upcoming Open Innovation Meetings

All Hands on Deck: COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts and The Opportunity Project Earth Sprint
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET







Celebrate Citizen Science Month: Take Your Kids Teleworking with Citizen Science
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00 - 12:00 PM ET

  • April is Citizen Science Month!
    • Citizen Science Month resources
  • Distance Learning at Home and with Citizen Science
    • Share educational resources to learn at home for kids
    • Federal and other citizen science projects for kids






overlapping screenshots of the desktop view and mobile view of the new Guide to the PRA

Tackling the Paperwork Reduction Act with DOI Generic Information Collection Request 
Friday, April 24, 20202 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

  • Background on the Paperwork Reduction Act
    • A Guide to the PRA - Digital.Gov Resources
  • DOI Generic Information Collection Request for Crowdsourcing for Citizen Science
    • Request for potential projects that want to use DOI Generic ICR
    • Request for feedback on draft 60 Day Notice



Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (FedCCS) Community: All Things Geo Crowdsourcing 
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 2:30 - 4:30 PM ET








Past Open Innovation Community Meetings


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.




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