Citizen Science Workshop

SAFMC Citizen Science Program Design Workshop
January 19-21, 2016

Workshop Location:
Town & Country Inn & Suites
2008 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone:(843) 571-1000

Now Available!

Read the Workshop Report - SAFMC Citizen Science Program Blueprint

Workshop Materials:

Have questions about the workshop? Please contact Amber Von Harten at 843/571-4366 or

Invited Speaker Presentations:

DRAFT Expert Group Recommendation Presentations: 

Workshop participants were divided into expert group working groups centered around six program areas - Governance, Science Standards, Data Management, Researchers, Communication, and Fishermen/Citizen Science Participants. Each group discussed the necessary components for a citizen science program focusing on each of the six expert group areas. Each expert group presented draft recommendations for a citizen science program. The Council's Citizen Science organizing committee will use the DRAFT recommendations to help put together the draft blueprint for a South Atlantic Citizen Science Program. The draft blueprint will be reviewed by the Council in March 2016. Below are the draft recommendations from each expert group

Additional Resources on Citizen Science

Suggested by Jennifer Shirk and Rick Bonney, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Title Expert Area of Interest
Bonney et al. 2009. Citizen Science: A Developing Tool for Expanding Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Literacy. BioScience 59: 977-984. All
Bowser et al. 2013. Data Policies for Public Participation in Scientific Research: A Primer. Data Management; Governance; Participants
Porticella et al. 2013. Case Studies - Promising Practices for Community Partnerships: A Call to Support More Inclusive Approaches to Public Participation in Scientific Research. Communication; Participants
Phillips et al. 2014. User’s Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes in Citizen Science. Communication; Governance
EPA. 2006. Guidance on Systemic Planning Using the Data Quality Objectives Process. Researchers; Science
EPA. 1990. Volunteer Water Monitoring: A Guide for State Managers. Science
EPA. 2005. Workbook for Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans: Evaluating, Assessing, and Documenting Environmental Data Collection and Use Programs. Researchers; Science
Gellman. 2015. Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, and the Law: Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies – Executive Summary. Governance
Pocock et al. 2014. Choosing and Using Citizen Science: a guide to when and how to use citizen science to monitor biodiversity and the environment. Governance; Researchers
Bonney et al. 2009. Public Participation in Scientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing Its Potential for Informal Science Education. All
Porticella et al. 2013. Promising Practices for Community Partnerships: A Call to Support More Inclusive Approaches to Public Participation in Scientific Research Communication
Sheppard et al. 2014. Capturing Quality: Retaining Provence for Curated Volunteer Monitoring Data. Data Management; Researchers; Science
Tweddle et al. 2012. Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing, and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Governance
Wiggins et al. 2013. Data Management Guide for Public Participation in Scientific Research. Data Management; Science
Legal Issues with Citizen Science