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Join the Open Innovation Community 

The Open Innovation (OI) Community welcomes anyone interested in using participatory science and innovation methods like Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, and Prize Competitions to obtain ideas, data, services, and solutions from the public and organizations in an open way. The Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum is a series of different talks and panels to inform the development of a USGS Open Innovation Strategy.

Point of Contact: Sophia Liu sophialiu@usgs.gov and OpenInnovation@usgs.gov 

Open Innovation Community Wiki  

Join Open Innovation Community Listserv  |  Join USGS Open Innovation Teams Site (Code: mom37z3)

CitizenScience.gov  |  Join Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science (FedCCS) Community Listserv

Challenge.gov  |  Join Federal Challenge & Prize Community Listserv



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.

Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum

Series of talks and open discussions to inform the USGS Open Innovation Strategy

Let's Celebrate Citizen Science Month, Earth Day, and Take Your Kids to Work Day!

Take Your Kids Teleworking with Citizen Science to Understand Our Earth

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

April is Citizen Science Month!
April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
April 23 is 
Take Your Kids to Work Day!

Disruption to daily education is affecting nearly 1.5 billion learners around the world and nearly 30 million students in the US, as more teachers and teleworking parents are having to shift to doing educational activities at home. Citizen Science allows people of all ages to contribute to science virtually anywhere, making them fun social and educational activities that contribute to science while maintaining safe "physical" distancing. You and your kids can help advance scientific knowledge by asking questions, reporting observations, conducting experiments, collecting data, or developing low-cost technologies and open-source code online, on a mobile phone, at home, in your backyard, or outdoors! In this Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum, Eleanour Snow, Erin Posthumus, Sally Cook, and Erin Korris will share citizen science projects and other educational resources that have been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), other federal agencies, and other partner organizations.

Visit the April 23, 2020 Open Innovation Meeting Page for more details on each speaker and the video recording.



Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (FedCCS) Community
"All Things Geo Crowdsourcing"

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 2:30 - 4:30 PM ET

Join Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science (FedCCS) Community Listserv
to receive the meeting invitation for this and future FedCCS Monthly Meetings. 
(Federal Government Only Meeting)


Elizabeth McCartney (USGS) - National Digital Trails and GaiaGPS

Will Mortenson (NGA) - NGA Open Mapping Enclave (NOME)

Tom Gertin (State Department) - MapGive to Develop Open Geographic Data

Chris Clasen (NGA / GMU) - NaviGator Geographic Game With a Purpose

Kim Stephens and Katie Picchione (FEMA) - FEMA Crowdsourcing Unit Maps

Scott Kaplan (NGA) - Civil Air Patrol GIS Use of Crowdsourcing Tools



Past Open Innovation Community Meetings

April 17, 2020 - Sophia B Liu

March 16, 2020 - Jefferson Chang

February 26, 2020 - Sheree Watson and Sophia B Liu


Open Innovation Announcements

April 2020 Newsletter

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


FEMA PrepTalk Released
"Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science as Force Multipliers for Emergency Management"

Featured on FEMA.gov and available at FEMA PrepTalk
Check out the YouTube Video and Discussion Materials which includes COVID-19 Open Innovation Resources.

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:

The Next Pandemic: Lessons from History - John M. Barry

Let the Community Lead: Rethinking Command and Control Systems - Aaron Titus 

Our Changing World: The Challenge for Emergency Managers - David Kaufman



Upcoming Open Innovation Meetings

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



Tackling the Paperwork Reduction Act with DOI Generic Information Collection Request 
TBD Date

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

March 16, 2020 - Jefferson Chang

February 26, 2020 - Sheree Watson and Sophia B Liu

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