The Role of Citizen Observatories and Crowdsourcing Community in GEOSS

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Meridian Rooms D/E, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The growth of citizen science is a global phenomenon. In the United States, the scientific impacts of citizen science are recognized by 60 federal agencies and organizations, which coordinate and support hundreds of citizen science projects. In Europe, the European Commission continues to fund Citizen Observatories, beginning with the FP7 Programme and extending through active projects Ground Truth 2.0, LandSense, SCENT, and GROW. Similar initiatives are emerging in other parts of the world. 

SWF co-sponsored a side event concerning these topics during the GEO-XIV Plenary with CREAF, South Big Data Innovation Hub, and The Wilson Center. In this meeting, participants learned more about existing citizen-science projects and observatories and discussed evolving standards and best practices for citizen-observed data management, and ways to integrate citizen-acquired with established data sources. 

Workshop Steering Committee

  • Anne Bowser, The Wilson Center
  • Joan Masó, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry (CREAF)
  • Lea Shanley, South Big Data Innovation Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lshanley@renci.oreg
  • Krystal Wilson, Secure World Foundation (SWF),

Event Materials

Speakers and Presentations

Citizen Science Programs and Observatories: Lightning Talks
Moderator: Dr. Lea Shanley, South Hub, Presentation


  • Maria Krommyda, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Presentation
  • Mikel Maron, Humanitarian Open Street Maps, Presentation
  • Laetitia Navarro, GEO BON, Presentation
  • Joan Masó, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry, Presentation
  • Andreas Matheus, Secure Dimensions GmbH, Presentation 

Tools, Best Practices, and Standards for Utilizing Citizen Science for GEOSS: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Krystal Wilson, Secure World Foundation


  • Anne Bowser, Wilson Center, Presentation
  • Dixon Butler, Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists, Presentation
  • Max Craglia, Joint Research Center, Presentation
  • Steffen Fritz, International Institute for Applied Science System Analysis, Presentation
Last updated on November 1, 2017