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The Future of U.S. Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

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Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing, a form of open innovation that engages the public in authentic scientific research, has many documented benefits like advancing research, STEM education and addressing societal needs. This method has gained significant momentum in the U.S. Federal government in the past four years. In September 2015 the White House issued a memorandum asking federal agencies to report on their citizen science and crowdsourcing projects and appoint coordinators within each agency. In 2016 we witnessed the launch of, a platform with an extensive toolkit on how to conduct these projects as well as a catalog and community hub. In addition to these Executive Branch initiatives, a grassroots Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) has emerged with 300 members across 59 agencies. The Science and Technology Program (STIP) at the Wilson Center has played a role in encouraging this momentum, providing support through building a cartographic catalog of federally supported citizen science and crowdsourcing projects and through extensive research into some of the legal, administrative and intellectual property concerns for conducting projects within the Federal government. 
However, a new Administration often brings new priorities, and it’s vital to preserve this momentum and history for new leadership. STIP conducted interviews with twelve representatives of the Federal Community of practice and Agency Coordinators and conducted desk research to compile 10 strategic recommendations for advancing federal policies and programs in citizen science and crowdsourcing to facilitate the transfer of knowledge on this incredible momentum. 
Please join us for a discussion of these recommendations, a celebration of the history of the movement and a dialogue on the future of citizen science and crowdsourcing in the Federal government.
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This event will be live webcast.
1:30 - 1:35 Introductions & Welcome  
Elizabeth Tyson, Science & Technology Innovation Program (STIP), Wilson Center
1:35 - 1:45 Administrative Change
David Rejeski, Global Fellow, Wilson Center
1:45 - 2:00 Strategic Recommendations for Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing
Elizabeth Tyson, STIP, Wilson Center
2:00 - 2:10 The Federal Community of Practice on Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing
Jennifer Couch, National Institutes of Health
2:10 - 2:15 History of Open Innovation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Jenn Gustetic, National Aeronautics & Space Administration
2:15 - 2:25 Formalizing Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing within a Federal Agency
Heidi Hadley, National Science Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management
2:15 - 2:30 The Future of Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing
Chris Nelson, Office of Science and Technology Policy
2:30 - 3:00 Panel Q & A 
Moderated by: Anne Bowser, STIP, Wilson Center


  • Elizabeth Tyson

    Global Fellow
    Explorer Fellow with the National Geographic Society in the Citizen Explorer Labs
  • Anne Bowser

    Director of Innovation and Innovation Specialist
    Treasurer, Citizen Science Association (CSA)
  • David Rejeski

    Global Fellow
    Former Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center