Zohaa Ahmad

Zohaa Ahmad is a rising junior at Riverside High School in Leesburg, VA who is interested in pursuing the medical field in the future. She is interning with the Innovation Portfolio in the Technology Transformation Service (TTS) Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) at GSA for summer 2016.

What is Citizen Science? A Recent Webinar Explores How the Federal Government Engages the Public via Crowdsourcing

From the National Park Service (NPS) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of citizen science has become a prominent factor in the science community and a critical tool for the federal government. A recent DigitalGov University (DGU) webinar provides an introduction to the concept and shows how the federal government is using it to engage the public and address important issues. The federal government has seen a surge of citizen science initiatives thanks to several developments, starting with a memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) that outlined ways agencies can use citizen science.

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