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Anne Bowser

Program Associate/ Researcher, Data Science & Visualization
Science and Technology Innovation Program

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T 202-691-4031 // F 202-691-4001
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Anne Bowser is a Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). She co-directs the Commons Lab, which studies how new methods of public participation, such as citizen science and crowdsourcing, can engage the public in science, support STEM education, and further the goals of federal agencies. Anne leads the development of The Commons Lab Inventory, a collection of federally supported citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. She also supports initiatives such as Washington, DC's first Science Hack Day and an assessment of open participation networks. Anne has contributed to a number of Wilson Center reports, either as author or editor, including New Visions in Citizen Science, Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective, and Typology of Citizen Science from an Intellectual Property Perspective.   

Anne also contributes to STIP's work on Serious Games. In this capacity, she supports the activities of the Federal Gaming Guild (FGG), and is writing a report on serious games for publication in Summer 2015. She is also studying how open innovation unfolds through a case study of a global Game Jam sponsored by NOAA.  

Outside of the Wilson Center, Anne's work marries her enthusiasm for citizen science and games. As a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, her research examines how games can be used to support citizen science activities through Floracaching, a citizen science application designed to collect plant phenology data. More information can be found on her personal website

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