Big Announcements in Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science at White House Event

WHITE HOUSE OSTP DIRECTOR JOHN HOLDREN MEMO:

Memo: Addressing Societal and Scientific Challenges Through Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/holdren_citizen_science_memo_092915_0.pdf

Blog post: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/09/30/accelerating-use-citizen-science-and-crowdsourcing-address-societal-and-scientific

 

FEDERAL CROWDSOURCING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE TOOLKIT

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in partnership with the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

Blog post: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/12/02/designing-citizen-science-and-crowdsourcing-toolkit-federal-government

 

NSF CORE PRIORITY IN CITIZEN SCIENCE AND CROWDSOURCING Announced

The NSF Director Dr. France Cordova announces that citizen science and crowdsourcing—“a visionary concept”– will be a core priority for NSF in the coming fiscal year. Her presentation begins about 32 min into the Citizen Science Forum video, and the announcement is at 40:49. The written announcement will come from OMB later this year. https://youtu.be/J17uBahTdDE?t=2449

NSF Press Release: Be a (citizen) scientist! (of note, NSF has made $5,613,201 in grants and related awards that support research in this area): http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136445&org=NSF

CITIZEN SCIENCE DAY Announced

The Citizen Science Association and partners, including the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, announced plans to organize a Citizen Science Day on April 16, 2015, which will kick off a series of events nationwide.

http://citizenscienceassociation.org/2015/09/30/citizen-science-day-announced-at-white-house/

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE FORUM:

White House Citizen Science Forum, in partnership with the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=J17uBahTdDE

Holdren Opening Remarks (waiting for them to be posted): https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/docsreports

Blog Post: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/09/09/open-science-and-innovation-people-people-people

CROWDSOURCING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE ACT OF 2015 – FEDERAL LEGISLATION:

The Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2015 provides clarification to government agencies, removing ambiguity about whether an agency can use crowdsourcing techniques. Senator Coons (D-DE) and Senator Daines (R-MT) co-sponsored the bill.

Text of the Bill: http://coons.senate.gov/download/?id=063AEFE6-CB5C-42FD-8FD6-57F58BD1AC5B

Press release: http://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/release/senator-coons-introduces-bill-to-promote-open-science-and-innovation-in-government

The Government Wants You to Help It Do Science Experiments, Senator Chris Coons, Wired Magazine

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/government-wants-help-science-experiments/

First in MT…Coons to Unveil Federal Crowdsourcing Bill

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-tech/2015/09/tech-advocates-aim-high-for-next-librarian-of-congress-whitfield-resignation-narrows-candidates-for-e-c-chairmanship-coons-to-unveil-federal-crowdsourcing-bill-210469

Senator Coons Introduces Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2015 by Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2015/09/30/senator-coons-introduces-crowdsourcing-and-citizen-science-act-of-2015/id=62158/

 

FEDERAL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE ON CROWDSOURCING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE WEBISITE

New and improved website, with instructions to federal employees for how to join:
https://www.digitalgov.gov/communities/federal-crowdsourcing-and-citizen-science/

 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING POLICY DOCUMENTS:

OMB Memo M-15-16 Multi-Agency Science and Technology Priorities for FY 2017 Budget, p. 14

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/holdren_citizen_science_memo_092915_0.pdf

2013 OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP: 2nd OPEN GOVERNMENT NATIONAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, p. 12

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/us_national_action_plan_6p.pdf

 

AGENCY BLOGS:

Calling Citizen Scientists: You Can Help When Disasters Strike by Jenn Gustetic, Jacqueline Meszaros, Hannah Stafford, OSTP Blog and Data.Gov

http://www.data.gov/disasters/calling-citizen-scientists-you-can-help-when-disasters-strike/

How OSTP Crowdsourced A Crowdsourcing Toolkit by Ashley Wichman, Digital Gov

http://www.digitalgov.gov/2015/09/30/how-ostp-crowdsourced-a-crowdsourcing-toolkit/

USDA is Making Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Possible through STEM and Collaboration

By Bernetta Reese, USDA

http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/09/30/usda-is-making-citizen-science-and-crowdsourcing-possible-through-stem-and-collaboration/

Leading the Development & Design Team that Built the First-Ever Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit with the White House by Bernetta Reese, USDA

bernettareese.com/1/post/2015/10/leading-the-team-that-built-the-federal-crowdsourcing-and-citizen-science-toolkit.html

 

 

WHITE HOUSE CITIZEN SCIENCE FORUM PRESS COVERAGE:

White House Explores How “Citizen Science” Can Help Society by Alexander Howard, Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-citizen-science_560c3b81e4b0dd85030a6a38

Science of the People, By the People, and For the People by Caren Cooper, Scientific American

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/science-of-the-people-by-the-people-and-for-the-people/

Coop’s Scoop: Citizen Science at the White House, by Caren Cooper, PLOS Blogs

http://blogs.plos.org/citizensci/2015/09/30/coops-scoop-citizen-science-at-the-white-house/

Citizen Science in a Nutshell: A Guide to Expanding the Reach of Environmental Research by Liza Lester, Phys.org

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-citizen-science-nutshell-environmental.html

White House Hosting Forum on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing by Chandra Clarke, Popular Science

http://www.popsci.com/white-house-hosting-forum-on-citizen-science-and-crowdsourcing

Administration Issues New Mandates on Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science by Aaron Boyd, Federal Times

http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/it/2015/10/01/citizen-science-memo/73142734/

Curious About Crowdsourcing? OSTP Toolkit Can Jumpstart Efforts by Derek Major, GCN

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/10/01/crowdsourcing-toolkit.aspx

OSTP Releases Best Practices for Agencies Navigating the Crowd by Hallie Golden, NextGov

http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/10/ostp-releases-best-practices-agencies-navigating-crowd/122428/

New in Brief – Citizen Science, DSS Modernization by FCW

https://fcw.com/articles/2015/09/30/news-in-brief-september-30.aspx

Empowering the people through citizen science—how you can help, John Magan, European Commission

https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/content/empowering-people-through-citizen-science-how-you-can-help

Student-Developed Mobile App Featured at White House Citizen Science Forum, Spelman College

http://www.spelman.edu/about-us/news-center/news-releases/2015/09/29/student-developed-mobile-app-featured-at-white-house-citizen-science-forum

Elizabeth Sengoba, C’2017 Participates in White House Citizen Science Forum, by Alicia Lurry Spelman College

http://www.insidespelman.com/elizabeth-sengoba-c2017-participates-in-white-house-citizen-science-forum/

Lorriane Johnson invited to White House Citizen Science Forum, Lymedisease.org

https://www.lymedisease.org/lorraine-johnson-white-house-citizen-science/

UNO Professor to Participate in White House Citizen Science Forum, the University of New Orleans

http://www.uno.edu/news/2015/MichelleThompsonWhiteHouseCitizenScienceForum.aspx

Watershed Science Professor Participates in White House Citizen Science Forum, Elissa Schuett, University of Vermont

https://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=21506&category=uvmhome

Dr. Sacoby Wilson Participates in White House Citizen Science Forum, University of Maryland

https://sph.umd.edu/news-item/dr-sacoby-wilson-participates-white-house-citizen-science-forum-930

CALS Entomologist Invited to White House for Online Butterfly Database, University of Arizona

https://cals.arizona.edu/spotlight/cals-entomologist-invited-white-house-online-butterfly-database

 

PRIOR WHITE HOUSE OSTP BLOG POSTS ON CCS:

Citizen Science is Everywhere, including the White House, by Jenn Gustetic, Lea Shanley, and John McLaughlin

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/25/citizen-science-everywhere-including-white-house

Citizen Science Contributes to Advances in Scientific Understanding, by Jenn Gustetic and Lea Shanley, OSTP Blog

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/14/citizen-science-contributes-advances-scientific-understanding

Designing a Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit for the Federal Government, by Jenn Gustetic, Lea Shanley, Jay Benforado, and Arianne Miller, OSTP Blog

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/12/02/designing-citizen-science-and-crowdsourcing-toolkit-federal-government

Using Citizen Engagement to Solve National Problem, by Cristin Dorgelo and Corinna Zarek, OSTP Blog

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/27/using-citizen-engagement-solve-national-problems

White House Science Fair Fact Sheet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/23/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-over-240-million-new-stem-commitmen

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/citizen_science_backgrounder_03-23-15.pdf

PRIOR CCS COVERAGE:

Citizen Science at the White House
NOAA Office of Education blog, April 2015

http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/archive.php?id=ctzScience-1

White House Weather, with NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
The Weather Channel, April 6, 2015

Weatherman-in-Chief and First Forecaster: The White House is Now Doubling as a Weather Station
The Washington Post, March 25, 2015

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/25/weatherman-in-chief-and-first-forecaster-the-white-house-is-now-doubling-as-a-weather-station/

USGS, Where Citizen Science is for the Birds
DigitalGov blog, January 20, 2015 

http://www.digitalgov.gov/2015/01/20/usgs-where-citizen-science-is-for-the-birds/

Citizen Science in America’s DNA
by Dr. Richard Spinrad, Chief Scientist, NOAA
NOAA Office of Education blog, January 2015

http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/archive.php?id=CITIZEN_SCIENCE

Opening Government Through Federal Crowdsourcing
DigitalGov blog, December 30, 2014

http://www.digitalgov.gov/2014/12/30/opening-government-through-federal-crowdsourcing/

An Interview with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States
The New York Times Magazine, October 31, 2014
White House OSTP blog, June 27, 2014
The Value of Citizen Science
by Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, EPA
EPA Connect blog, November 20, 2013

http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/the-value-of-citizen-science/

Champions of Change: Citizen Scientists
White House blog, June 25, 2013
Event video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLau1ZFA8z8

https://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/citizen-scientists

Director’s Blog: Citizen Science
by Dr. Tom Insel, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
NIMH blog, April 26, 2012

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2012/citizen-science.sht

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