This week the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Wilson Center launched, a new central hub for citizen science and crowdsourcing initiatives in the public sector. The site will catalogue activity and provide tools for the conduct of citizen science projects. Anne Bowser, Co-Director of the CommonsLab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center explains the goals and potential of the project in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Anne Bowser is a Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). She co-directs the Commons Lab, a research project focused on mobilizing public participation and innovation in science, technology, and policy. Anne also supports the Wilson Center’s initiative on serious games.  Her research focuses on understanding how technology can contribute to or mitigate important cross-cutting issues in citizen science. Her dissertation took a cooperative research through design approach to designing Floracaching, a geocaching game for biodiversity data collection created to mobilize participation in university communities. Anne is also a principle investigator on an NSF-funded project to study location privacy in citizen science. Finally, she supports the international practice of citizen science as the co-founder of a data and metadata working group of the Citizen Science Association.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.