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Thursday, May 18 • 10:00am - 11:00am
A-01: Symposium: Advanced Data Sharing

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Advancing Data Sharing in Citizen Science: Considering the Role of Interoperability and Standardization
Organizer: Anne Bowser
In the context of citizen science (CS), interoperability may be broadly considered the ability of systems, people and/or projects to exchange data and other information. There are at least three paths towards interoperability in CS. First, projects may produce interoperable data if they collect compatible information, for example when two projects agree on similar protocols. In these cases, humans must manually create crosswalks before data can be exchanged. Second, projects may be interoperable if each collects data in accordance with a common disciplinary standard, such as the Darwin Core standard for biodiversity information. Third, projects may design protocols based on a common, flexible data model. These later two approaches both allow machines to share data without human intervention. However, the use of disciplinary standards may limit data sharing with researchers outside of a particular domain. The goal of this symposium is to raise awareness of key considerations related to interoperability and the use of standards, as well as to share and discuss a range of practices related to interoperability in citizen science. Drawing on research and case studies, talks will address the following considerations: How do stakeholders within and beyond the CS community perceive data, interoperability, and standards? How might different community members be impacted by an initiative to promote CS standards? What are the benefits and challenges to implementing the various approaches toward interoperability? What are some successful case studies of interoperability and data sharing between citizen science projects? What can be learned from these experiences? 


Advancing and mobilizing citizen science data through an integrated sustainable cyber-infrastructure
Russell Scarpino, CitSci.org, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

Bridging discrepancies across North American butterfly naming authorities: Supporting citizen science data integration
Leslie Ries, Georgetown University

Citizen science data and metadata standardization across the globe: What are the issues for stakeholders?
Victoria Martin, Southern Cross University

Data Sharing and Visualization on Multiple Platforms: Citizen Science Connections for GLOBE Observer's Mobile App
Russanne Low, GLOBE Observer, IGES

SWE4CS: A data model to enhance reusability of citizen science observations
Ingo Simonis, Open Geospatial

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3