May 19, 2022

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Commons Lab to Promote Citizen Science

From The Woodrow Wilson Center:

The Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue its work on citizen science, particularly [our emphasis] by supporting standardized data and metadata collection and encouraging the use of citizen science by federal agencies.

The Commons Lab seeks to mobilize public participation in science, technology and policy through innovative tools like citizen science and crowdsourcing. The Sloan Foundation grant will allow the Commons Lab to work with partner organizations like SciStarter and to help citizen science projects collect and [our emphasis] share standardized information by building a  database of citizen science tools and developing a platform to help support observational data sharing.


In recent months, the Commons Lab has compiled a database of federal citizen science and crowdsourcing projects, developed a legal and policy widget for federal agencies looking to develop citizen science projects despite complex regulations, and released a report looking at the legal and intellectual property issues surrounding federal citizen science and crowdsourcing project.

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