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Major Outcomes

Total Funding Needed

USGS Citizen Science Workshop


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


-- FTE for Program Committee (in-kind?)

-- FTE for local staff logistical support (in-kind?)

-- Travel funds for invited speakers
-- Funds to host event (at hotel? at DFC?)


-- Workshop
-- Workshop report (including extended abstracts, posters,presentations, general meeting notes)
-- White paper
-- Proposed Guidance on Crowd-sourced Citizen Science relative to USGS Volunteer Handbook
-- FY2013 Powell Center proposal
-- New CSWG focus groups


-- 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 Ideas

  • The focus should be on shedding light on existing projects within USGS and partners, and educating others on how citizen science could help their studies/research
  • What can we glean/learn from existing projects in all the areas of interest?
  • Invite speakers from well established projects even outside the USGS/partners realm - since many other groups are leaps ahead
  • Those attending would learn how to set up new projects, technical aspects of citizen science projects (data management, standards adoption, technology choices, novel approaches), case studies of existing projects, dealing with challenges and breaking down barriers within the USGS and in the science world.
  • Establish new CSWG focus groups and identify areas for future development and attention through the working group
    • Policy barriers
    • Best practices
    • Discovery/"Show and tell"
    • Training group

Session/Presentation/Breakout Ideas

Session Topic/Idea



Possible Outputs

Case studies of existing projects/Spotlight on established 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
  • Solicit expanded metadata/data survey ?
  • Typology of citizen science projects in USGS--active and passive (gathering data from social media)
  • Understanding citizen motivation
  • 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
      • Have presenters demonstrate various how tos
  • Organize new focus groups
  • Brainstorm ideas for new focus groups needed
  • Solicit membership

Logistics to Consider (stolen shamelessly from 2011 CDI workshop planning)

  • Auditorium/large meeting room
  • Request for large meeting
  • Hotel reservation block
  • Email announcement
  • Projectors/laptops
  • Internet/Intranet access
  • Audio bridge (if expecting virtual participants)
  • WebEx large meeting (if expecting (large number of) virtual participants)
  • Coffee, snacks
  • Lunches
  • Name tags
  • Printed materials - Agenda, Participants & Guest List

Current Contributors

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