Science and Decisions Center

Cowdsourcing, Citizen Science, & Open Innovation

Imagine having thousands or even millions of volunteers be your human sensors, collect and analyze your data, or validate and visualize your models. The ubiquity of internet access, mobile devices, low-cost sensors, and advanced analytical tools is providing more opportunities to gather and analyze scientific data from the public at much broader scales. By tapping into these emerging networks of volunteers, on the ground and online, we can enhance our scientific research, address societal needs, and increase scientific literacy more efficiently and effectively. 

 

 

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing

Obtaining content or services from a large group of people and leveraging public-generated data such as from social media.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science

Involving members of the public participating in the scientific process, such as providing observations, collecting and analyzes data, as well as interprets the results of the data.

Open Innovation

Open Innovation

Refering to a variety of participatory approaches for engaging with the public to enhance USGS science. It enhances the quality and quanity of USGS science.

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