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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



Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum

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

Tackling the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)
in the Age of Social Media and Web-based Interactive Technology

Thursday, June 18 at 2 PM Eastern

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 Paperwork Reduction Act - Digital.Gov Resources




Open Innovation Announcements

Past Open Innovation Meetings

Recordings Available in Stream Channel

(Only Accessible to DOI Bureaus)



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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