Proposed Breakout sessions

At the workshop, we envision breaking the days up into sessions where presentations on similar topics are grouped together.  Our current ideas for sessions include:

  • Case studies of existing projects
    • Both traditional and Lightning Talks (3 minutes, no slides)
  • Challenges and barriers to establishing citizen science programs
  • How to establish a citizen science project
  • Collecting, managing and using citizen science data
  • Standards adoption in citizen science projects
  • Technology in support of citizen science
  • Needs and future directions in USGS/Science partnerships


Envisioned Outcomes

An immediate and significant workshop outcome will be the formation of an ongoing community-based infrastructure for sharing ideas, data, and support. Additionally the workshop will provide a venue for:

  • Initiating projects that might span multiple mission areas;
  • Showcasing USGS tools, including new mobile applications, supporting field observations and data collection;
  • Exploring innovative techniques, such as whether mining data from social media can improve interdisciplinary scientific decision making;
  • Creating or strengthening partnerships and opening dialogue channels with existing citizen science focused working groups such as DataOne's Public Participation in Science and Research (PPSR) , Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Citizen Science Central , and others.


Enhancing and expanding partnerships will provide important opportunities for the USGS research community to:

  • Foster cross group pollination, both internally and externally;
  • Exchange and communicate ideas, plans, use cases, and focus among groups (e.g., with the TSWG Mobile Applications Development Focus Group for Citizen Science-oriented projects );
  • Identify new avenues and approaches for research; and
  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness of their projects by leveraging activities and resources and minimizing overlap with partner groups.


In addition to directly supporting the USGS's internal program of research, the results of this workshop could have additional societal benefits including:

  • Making USGS science more approachable and understandable to students, teachers, and the general public;
  • Expanding science knowledge and scientific literacy among citizen science volunteers (Bonney, et al., 2009); and
  • Encouraging positive participation in the President's America’s Great Outdoors and DOI's Youth in the Great Outdoors Initiatives.


How to get involved

  • Let us know you are interested in attending and/or presenting at the workshop.  Include details about your project or program and what area of focus the presentation would take on. 
  • Design a poster to present or hang at the workshop during a poster session.
  • Give us suggestions for sessions or breakout groups.
  • Take part in organizing the workshop and working on logistics.
  • Help generate the workshop report.
  • Help set up a website with all artifacts from the workshop.


Share your input!

Get in touch with the Citizen Science Working Group at CDI,


Current CSWG Membership

Abigail Benson, USGS

Sky Bristol, USGS

Sarah Courchesne, Tufts University

Sam Droege, USGS

Sky  Harrison, USGS

Megan Hines, UW Madison

Susan Hazlett, USGS

Kelly Lotts, Montana State University

Derek Masaki, USGS

John Pickering, Discover Life & University of Georgia

Barbara Poore, USGS

Elizabeth Sellers, USGS

Annie Simpson, USGS

Steve Tessler, USGS

Jake Weltzin, USGS and the National Phenology Network

Eric Wolf, USGS

Linda Weir, USGS