Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
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Have You Tried Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, or Civic Hacking?

Imagine having thousands or even millions of volunteers collect and analyze your data, validate and visualize your models, or be your human sensors. Through crowdsourcing and citizen science, this is possible. The ubiquity of internet access, mobile devices, and low-cost sensors have provided more opportunities than ever before to gather scientific data from the public. By tapping into this emerging network of volunteers, on the ground and online, we can enhance our scientific research, address societal needs, and increase scientific literacy at much broader scales.

Overview of Open Innovation Strategy

USGS has a long history of risk projects that engage the public to enhance science, a method often referred to as “citizen science.” There is a broad spectrum of public engagement and community-based research (e.g., citizen science, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions). “Open Innovation” (OI) has recently become an umbrella term to reference these participatory methods. Such methods are ways to meaningfully engage communities at risk and transform users of risk products into vital contributors. However, the lack of bureau-wide guidance, resources, and policy on OI has led to ad hoc efforts giving rise to concerns and misconceptions about data quality and validity that need to be addressed and dispelled. A comprehensive strategy is needed to provide practical and consistent guidance to direct USGS scientists, managers, and leadership on how to use and evaluate OI methods effectively while meeting USGS science needs. A USGS Open Innovation Strategy is currently being developed that will result in USGS-specific Guidance and Policy as well as a Toolkit and Catalog of USGS OI activities.

If you are interested in providing feedback on this Open Innovation Strategy and participate in a virtual workshop to inform the design of the playbook, please Provide a Comment Below (sign in with AD username/password) or Send an Email with subject line "Open Innovation Strategy" to: and

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