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CITIZEN SCIENCE:White House Highlights Open Science and Innovation

Published October 2015


Volunteers count and identify crab molts at Deer Lagoon on Whidbey Island, WA, as part of the Washington Sea Grant Green Crab Monitoring Project. Photo credit: P. Sean McDonald

On September 30, 2015 NOAA participated in a White House forum on citizen science and crowdsourcing entitled “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People.” Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Domestic Policy Council (DPC), the forum was designed to raise awareness of the benefits of citizen science and to encourage the growth of such programs across Federal agencies. NOAA is an active participant in a Federal government-wide effort to support the use of citizen science and crowdsourcing, and we are excited that NOAA’s mPING project and CoCoRaHS, an Environmental Literacy Grants recipient, were highlighted by the White House as successful examples of citizen science efforts in the federal government.

The Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit, a key resource launched in conjunction with the White House forum, provides case studies and ‘best practice’ insights for implementing citizen science and crowdsourcing in a federal context. NOAA was one of over 25 federal agencies that offered input into the development of the toolkit.

You can find more information about the support we offer citizen science and crowdsourcing here.

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