The catalog contains information about federal citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. In citizen science, the public participates voluntarily in the scientific process, addressing real-world problems in ways that may include formulating research questions, conducting scientific experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results, making new discoveries, developing technologies and applications, and solving complex problems. In crowdsourcing, organizations submit an open call for voluntary assistance from a group of individuals for online, distributed problem solving.
We are particularly debating possibilities to interconnect Citizen Science repositories with the team behind thiscatalogue (and others). The current collaboraiton mainy adresses the colleciton and exchange of related project and data set metadata.