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Issue 3

President Obama Signs American Innovation and Competitiveness Act On January 6th, 2017, President Barack Obama signed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) into law. This bipartisan legislation gives the federal government the authority to strengthen and enable America’s innovative scientific research and entrepreneurship. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are called out to improve and fortify the way the agencies conduct and support scientific research. The America COMPETES Act is a built-in component of this act, and concepts from the Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing bill (Senator Coons, D-DE) have been included as well. The Committee on Science, Space, & Technology has issued a press release that provides a broad overview and link to a summary of the legislation, which can be found here and the AICA can be found in its entirety here. Section on citizen science and crowdsourcing:


A bibliography of journal articles, book selections, and other publicly available references pertaining to (primarily) biomedical citizen science: to access, click here. This bibliography of FREE full text articles available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM).


Nelms SE, Coombes C, Foster LC, Galloway TS, Godley BJ, Lindeque PK, Witt MJ. Marine anthropogenic litter on British beaches: A 10-year nationwide assessment using citizen science data. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Feb 1;579:1399-1409. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.137. PubMed PMID: 27913017.

Den Broeder L, Devilee J, Van Oers H, Schuit AJ, Wagemakers A. Citizen Science for public health. Health Promot Int. 2016 Dec 23. pii: daw086. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw086. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28011657.

Miskell G, Salmond J, Williams DE. Low-cost sensors and crowd-sourced data: Observations of siting impacts on a network of air-quality instruments. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Jan 1;575:1119-1129. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.177. PubMed PMID: 27693150.



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