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Summary

Summary text TBD.

Proposal

Project Topic

Tasks

Resources Required

Major Outcomes

Total Funding Needed

USGS Citizen Science Workshop

TBD

-- Plan workshop
-- Conduct workshop
-- Prepare and publish workshop materials (products)

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-- Workshop
-- Workshop report (including extended abstracts, posters,presentations, general meeting notes)
-- White paper
-- FY2013 Powell Center proposal

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-- Planning and logistics:  $ TBD K
-- Travel expenses (invited speakers; planning committee): $ TBD K
-- Publication of workshop report:  $ TBD K
-- Total:  $ TBD K

Workshop Ideas

General thoughts

  • The focus should be on shedding light on existing projects within USGS and partners
  • What can we glean/learn from existing projects in all the focus areas of concern
  • How to set up new projects, technical
  • Establish CSWG focus groups and identify areas for future development and attention through the working group
    • Policy barriers
    • Best practices

Session

Possible
Presenter

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Outputs

Case studies of existing projects/Spotlight on established mature projects

 

  • Their project purpose, goals, reason for existence
  • Drivers behind starting the project
  • What are the data outputs?
  • Are there management decisions being made with the data?
  • Who are using the data?
  • How does it strengthen or integrate with USGS Science
  • Detailed metadata records about the data collected (expand survey/inventory performed in Fall 2011)
  • Where the data are used, what standards it utilizes, how it can be accessed, data sharing policy

Challenges, barriers, tough spots - what are the barriers you encountered establishing your citizen science project?

 

  • Challenges encountered in establishing or running citizen science projects
  • How did you deal with USGS policies and issues such as PII, etc.
  • What other barriers had to be overcome?
  • Knowledge-base of challenges and solutions from various projects/perspectives

How to establish a citizen science project

 

  • How did you establish your project - what was the driver/need?
  • Policy issues
  • How to engage the public
  • Training citizen scientists
  • QA/QC of data
  • Analyzing data
  • Outputs/effect/evaluation needs
  • Roadmap of needs and decisions, how to start a citizen science project within the USGS
  • Quality resources and help documents used as guides

Standards adoption in citizen science projects

 

  • What standards are used?
  • What protocols are available?
  • Biological data standards used?
  • What has the adoption of standards allowed in your project?
  • Has it expanded data sharing capabilities? 
  • Other benefits the adoption of standards can bring?
  • Novel uses of the data by other scientists or in other programs/projects?
  • Knowledgebase from existing projects:
    • Standards used
    • Protocols used
    • Biological data standards used
    • Exchange schemas used
    • Examples of data exchange or integration

Technical aspects/Technology diversity in citizen science

 

  • Data management,
  • Tech stack
  • Novel approaches to data collection/technologies available
  • Mobile data collection or participation
  • Knowledge-base from existing projects
  • Developments or examples from existing projects
  • Pros/cons to consider with each

Future Directions in USGS/Partner Citizen Science - formation of new focus groups within the CSWG

 

  • Discussions and kickoffs for new focus groups
    • Policy Barriers group
      • Address continuing or upcoming challenges
      • Include folks who have some kind of power to push issue resolution (or establish contacts with those who do have that power)
    • Discovery group
      • Continue the discovery and sharing of new/existing projects, establishing document store/knowledge-base of their activities
      • Scheduling meetings for future CSWG meetings, inviting or outreach to other USGS scientists
    • Training group
  • Organize new focus groups
  • Brainstorm ideas for new focus groups needed
  • Solicit membership

Current Contributors

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Govoni, David L. 101111
Hines, Megan K. 4210
Benson, Abigail L. 200
Sellers, Elizabeth A. 200
Tessler, Steven 100
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