Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Community of Practice

GAO to Congress: Federal Agencies Are Making a Difference Through Open Innovation

Oct 21, 2016 |

Federal agencies confront tough problems every day. In searching for solutions, agencies will want to attract different perspectives, test new products, build capacity and communities, and increase public awareness. How do they do it? The answer: open innovation. Federal agencies need to engage and collaborate with all sectors of society, a task made easier by Read »

Citizen Science is Sound Science Provided by You

Aug 25, 2016 |

Have you ever seen a cool bird in your backyard and wondered if there was some way to share what you saw with others? Better yet, have you thought about sharing your observations and having them used to help study and conserve those birds? These thoughts are an indicator that you might have the makings of a Read »

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

Aug 23, 2016 |

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. Read »

Another Year, Another Leap Forward for Prize Competitions

Aug 11, 2016 |

If federal agencies need an incentive to be more open and innovative in addressing critical issues, they need look no further than news this week from the White House. On August 10, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued its Implementation of Federal Prize Authority Progress Report for fiscal year 2015, and Read »

DARPA: A Case Study in Open Innovation

Jul 25, 2016 |

You may not know it, but the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has changed your life. There’s the Internet, for starters. And if that isn’t enough, the agency also has played a pivotal role in shaping GPS, stealth aircraft and drone technology. In fact, ever since its creation under President Eisenhower, DARPA has Read »

The Content Corner: How to Leverage User-Generated Content to Resonate With Your Audience

Jul 11, 2016 |

User-Generated Content (UGC) is a buzzword as of late, popularized recently due to the ever increasing demand for new content. To define the phrase, let’s look to a shining example of it,Wikipedia, as a source, “any form of content such as blogs, wikis, discussion forums, posts, chats,tweets, podcasts, digital images, video, audio files, advertisements, and other Read »

White House: Challenges, Citizen Science Among Top Innovation Efforts of Past 8 Years

Jun 24, 2016 |

The White House this week released a report detailing the impact of 100 initiatives that have expanded U.S. capacity in science, technology and innovation over the past eight years. Evident throughout the report is the influence of Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov, two open innovation programs managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, among Read »

Open Data Democratizes Innovation

Jun 2, 2016 | ,

Americans Use Public Data to Improve the Lives of Fellow Citizens Data is one of our most important national assets. It informs our policy and our national priorities. But as we have seen time and time again, the most effective way to govern is to engage with the public directly. Thanks to the President’s Executive Order requiring Read »

The Data Briefing: Engaging Citizens through CitizenScience.Gov

May 4, 2016 |

Last month, I worked to create a “Citizen Science Passport” for the federal agencies participating in the USA Science and Engineering Festival. Seven federal agencies offered some form of crowdsourcing or citizen science activity at their booths such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s exhibit on food safety or Environmental Protection Agency’s build-your-own air monitoring Read »

GSA Unveils New Hub for Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing

Apr 14, 2016 |

Do you have a scientific issue to address? Wish you had dozens, hundreds, even thousands more people helping you out? There’s help out there, and now that help is easier than ever to find. Read »

A New Team Strives to Coordinate Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing Across Government

Jan 20, 2016 |

A government can accomplish nothing without the ingenuity of its people. This is why the federal government is committed to using online tools to make its problem-solving more open and collaborative. A growing number of agencies are testing the applications of crowdsourcing and citizen science to accomplish more, and in many cases, do things faster Read »

Challenges, Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science: What’s the Dif?

Dec 16, 2015 |

There’s more than one way to harness the wisdom of the crowd. In honor of December’s monthly theme, we’re diving into and defining the various ways that federal agencies use public contributions to meet real needs and fulfill important objectives. Crowdsourcing Two’s company, three’s a crowd—and getting input from many is crowdsourcing. A White House Read »

Challenges & Crowdsourcing: A Quick Overview and Look Ahead

Dec 8, 2015 |

This month we’re highlighting articles about challenge competitions and crowdsourcing across the federal government. Federal agencies can gain a wealth of ideas, services, solutions and products by asking a large, diverse crowd to contribute their talents and skills. Simply put, crowdsourcing means engaging the crowd. Often referred to as a form of open collaboration or Read »

New White House Innovation Strategy Promotes Increase in Challenges and Prizes

Oct 29, 2015 |

The White House released an updated Strategy for American Innovation last week, calling again on government to tap the American public’s brain trust Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Is Crowdsourcing the Future of Mobile Design and Development?

Oct 13, 2015 |

NASA recently announced the winners of a smartwatch app interface competition. A Canadian duo won the design competition, and NASA’s plan is to build the app with 2016 funding to have it available for astronauts to use when they are aboard the International Space Station. This is the first government smartwatch app development we’ve talked about Read »