Citizen Science Cloud Data Portal

Citizen science is an important approach to science that brings the public into the research process. 

Here, you can access our developer-friendly portal to explore data sets from various citizen science projects around the world.  These data sets have been transformed and aligned to our common data schema, and are interoperable with one another.  We hope that through these interoperable data sets, citizen science data can be reused to advance more research and inform data-driven decision-making than was possible before. 

Subscribe to specific data sets, and get regular updates, or explore APIs on various research projects.  Please make sure to attribute each data set you use to the citizen science project leading the research. 

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Bees

This set of APIs provides access to  Earth Challenge 2020 mobile app data and iNaturalist data.  These data sets contain global information on bees broken down by three popular genera, including bumblebees (Bombus), honey bees (Apis), carpenter bees (Xylocopa), and other bees.  These data sets are compatible with other citizen science data presented through SensorThingsAPI.  

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Mosquitos

This set of APIs provides access to iNaturalist data, Mosquito Alert data, and GLOBE Explorer Mosquito Habitat data.  These data sets contain information on mosquitoes broken down by genus, and some habitat information.  These data sets are compatible with other citizen science data presented through SensorThingsAPI.  

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Plastic Pollution

This set of APIs provides access to Earth Challenge 2020 mobile app data, the European Environmental Agency’s Marine Litter Watch data, and the Ocean Conservancy's TIDES data.  These data sets contain information on macroplastics found around the world, including images of plastic in the environment.  These data sets are compatible with other citizen science data presented through SensorThingsAPI.  

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Data Interoperability
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)’s SensorThingsAPI standard was used to make these data sets interoperable.  Review the data dictionary for details on the data schema. 
+ 55 million data points
We offer access to over 55 million data points across multiple citizen science data sources.  Citizen science data is updated daily.  We encourage you to create your own tools and applications using the data.
+ 8 Citizen Science Projects
Access data across multiple citizen science projects, including photographs of bees, mosquitos, plastic pollution, and air quality.  We are adding more data each week. 

About us

The Citizen Science Cloud data portal is a one-stop-shop for data scientists, developers and technologists hoping to access citizen science data directly and gain access to data consistently.  It is powered by Kinetica, a GPU-enabled data integration and processing platform.  This data portal allows you to find and access data in both its original structure and in a cleaned and integrated format consistent with OGC’s SensorThings API standard.  The use of open standards makes merging data from different data sources easy. 

Originally created for the Earth Challenge 2020 initiative, the data portal will provide access to data in six scientific research areas - air quality, water quality, insect populations, plastic pollution, food security and climate change.  Over time, we will expand our scope to cover a wide range of data on environmental and human health.  

By connecting to the API directly and bringing together data from numerous sources in a single location, developers, data scientists and technologists will be able to access existing citizen science data with ease.  Researchers who are interested in leveraging the power of GIS analysis should visit our companion site, the Citizen Science Cloud

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Share Data

Consider sharing your citizen science data with us, and we will support you through the process of aligning your data to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC’s) SensorThings API Standard to make data more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). 

Start the process by emailing anne.bowser@wilsoncenter.org.