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

Tracking a Changing Climate Workshop Summary

How can Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing play a role in tracking our changing climate?  The Commons Lab collaborated with US Global Climate Research Program and the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science to find out how a system like this could work.  The vision for the sustained National Climate Assessment involves identifying… More Tracking a Changing Climate Workshop Summary

How Do You Communicate Your Science?

Does the media you use  change depending on the audience?  Would you like to  know how to reach your target audiences (e.g.,  resource managers, the public, policy makers) more  effectively? The Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia is seeking participants for an academic study.  They have created an online… More How Do You Communicate Your Science?

Citizens and Scientists: An Engaging Relationship

While it is clear that citizen science has revolutionized the methodology behind collecting and analyzing data, how have these processes impacted the traditional nature of scientists whose conduct of research is often socially detached and highly sophisticated? As the relationship between citizens and scientists continues to evolve, their collaborative role in the production of knowledge… More Citizens and Scientists: An Engaging Relationship

NASA Launches New Citizen Science Website

  NASASolve debuted last month as a “one-stop-shop” for prizes and challenges that are seeking contributions from people like you. But don’t worry, you need not be a rocket scientist to apply. The general public is encouraged to contribute to solving a variety of challenges facing NASA in reaching its mission goals, from hunting asteroids… More NASA Launches New Citizen Science Website

Human Computation Summit 2014: Microtasking Drives Innovation

This is a guest blog post written by Seth Teicher summarizing the Human Computation Roadmap hosted by the Commons Lab here at the Wilson Center in June 2014.  Seth is Head of Content and Business Development at CrowdFlower. He has worked in crowdsourcing his entire career — with Al Gore on a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing initiative that leveraged tens… More Human Computation Summit 2014: Microtasking Drives Innovation

EVENT: National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

Thursday, September 4th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 6th Floor Boardroom In July 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) released the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. Developed from the results of the first-ever assessment of the Federal civil earth observation enterprise, the Plan provides strategic guidance… More EVENT: National Plan for Civil Earth Observations