Working Groups

Working Groups help to implement ACSA’s strategic goals, priorities and actions. Working Groups are centered around a specific area of interest focus, whether that be a particular citizen science typology, citizen science issue or community of practice. Participating in a working group is an excellent way for members to help shape the future of citizen science practice.

ACSA may periodically put a call out for the formation of Working Groups via our website, newsletter and social media. Alternatively, groups of individuals who are interested in establishing a Working Group are encouraged to apply.  For all the information, including  the application process, please download our Protocols and Application Template.

If you have questions about a Working Group please contact us.

Current Working Groups

The following committee has put together a robust proposal and has been approved by the ACSA Management Committee as an official working group of ACSA.

Data and Metadata Working Group

Chair: Peter Brenton (Atlas of Living Australia)

The aim of this working groups is to broaden the Australian input into the work of US Citizen Science Association Data and Metadata Working Group, in particular with respect to the PPSR-Core project, and also to give more authority to and recognition of Australia’s contributions, equivalent to the contributions being made under the auspices of the CSA and ECSA.

The ACSA Data and Metadata Working Group will:

  • Contribute constructively to the development and implementation of the PPSR-Core data and metadata standard at a global level.
  • Represent ACSA in the activities of the collaborations of pan-continental Data and Metadata Working Groups of all citizen science associations.
  • Liaise with other initiatives in the mainstream science domains which are also involved in activities aligned with observational data, metadata and/or standards work. These include the ICSU WDS, CODATA, RDA (Research Data Alliance), GBIF, TDWG (Taxonomic Data Working Group), Australian relevant NCRIS facilities, relevant state agencies, and others.