The DC Climathon

This post was written by Rohin Daswani who is a Research Assistant with the Commons Lab in the Science & Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Wilson Center. It is a personal reflection offered as a form of participant observation in a hackathon. A Climathon is a global 24 hour hackathon style climate change event… More The DC Climathon

The Sound of Deforestation, a Hack to Make Data Sing

The Hack won the Data Award at the Wilson Center’s first ever Science Hack Day. This post was first published on the Nasa Goddard Center’s website, here is the link- http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/?p=10539   May 28, 2015 • [By Clare Skelly, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center] A hack transforms something to serve a new purpose, and sometimes simultaneously… More The Sound of Deforestation, a Hack to Make Data Sing

Efforts underway to share project metadata

This post was first published on the Citizen Science Association’s blog: http://citizenscienceassociation.org/2015/06/11/efforts-underway-to-share-project-metadata/ As the field of citizen science continues to grow, there is an increasing need to document information about different projects. Collecting and maintaining this information will help practitioners discover each other’s work, help projects recruit volunteers, and enable researchers to study “the science of… More Efforts underway to share project metadata

Research highlight: Citizen science in adaptive management

This post is the first in a series of research highlights published through the Commons Lab blog. These posts are designed to highlight new research contributions that we believe are particularly valuable for supporting citizen science and crowdsourcing within federal agencies, and among their collaborators. Aceves-Bueno, E., et al. (2015). Citizen science as an approach for… More Research highlight: Citizen science in adaptive management

Science Hack Day DC Summary

  We are happy to announce an incredibly successful first-ever DC Science Hack Day! Quick Statistics: Over 100 people attended Around 15 hackers stayed through the night 13 hacks were produced — details can be found on the wiki here: http://sciencehackday.pbworks.com/w/page/96114032/dchacks2015 Incredible gender, age and race diversity. Ages 10 – 80! Government employees were highly represented… More Science Hack Day DC Summary

REPORT RELEASE: Crowdsourcing and Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies

The Commons Lab is excited to announce a long-anticipated publication by Privacy Lawyer Robert Gellman on Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, and the Law: Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies. This report reviews the legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies face when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities. It identifies relevant issues that most federal agencies must… More REPORT RELEASE: Crowdsourcing and Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies

White House Recognizes Citizen Science, CSA Commitments, at Science Fair

This post is re-blogged from the Citizen Science Association. The original post can be found here.  Washington, D.C. ­­(March 23rd, 2015)– Citizen science received some high level attention today when plans were unveiled to install a new rain gauge in the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden. This rain gauge represents far more than just a Pennsylvania Avenue data… More White House Recognizes Citizen Science, CSA Commitments, at Science Fair

USGS, NPS and FWS Partner for “Catch, Click and Submit Contest”

The inaugural Catch, Click and Submit Contest begins on Feb 21st in honor of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week running Feb 22nd through the 28th. The contest, which calls on anglers to photograph and report non-native fish species caught during the derby, will award prizes to various categories such as “Most Unusual Catch” and… More USGS, NPS and FWS Partner for “Catch, Click and Submit Contest”

New Reports on Citizen Science from the European and Intellectual Property Perspectives

The Commons Lab at the Wilson Center is releasing two new reports today that address different challenges facing citizen science: One examining the policy implications of a range of successful citizen science projects in Europe, and the other exploring potential legal issues surrounding intellectual property (IP). Hard copies of these reports will be available at… More New Reports on Citizen Science from the European and Intellectual Property Perspectives