Project Report:
Adding New Features on to Promote Civic Action
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


We plan to build out the capacity of, a free online data portal that we created for collecting and sharing crowdsourced environmental data, to meet the growing needs of numerous organizations that are collecting information and observations on the environment, especially as it relates to climate change. Anecdata already has many valuable features including mapping, photo up loading and archiving, and data visualization through graphing. In this project, we will add communication and civic action tools to promote a “Data to Action” ethos among project participants. These added features will greatly expand the utility of, especially for those who are documenting changes over time. We will work the New England Aquarium to pilot the new tools with their Gulf of Maine King Tides Project. The data collected during this pilot study will inform a planned NSF AISL grant re-submission in November 2018.


Investigate Causes of Economic Imbalances: Economic imbalances exist where climate change and other environmental problems affect human health, safety, and livelihoods. is an online tool to help individuals and organizations create projects, and collect, share, and visualize data in order to mitigate problems, effect change, and address economic imbalances in communities.

Explore and Develop Market-Based Solutions: will help organizations explore and develop market-based solutions to problems like sea level rise, ocean acidification, and coastal flooding. The Anecdata software has applications beyond collecting environmental data and can be used to crowdsource information in public health or economics, for example, on emerging diseases or costs associated with climate change.

Scope is a “next-generation” online data portal, with unique feature sets. We have made the site free and openly available for other organizations to create citizen science and other projects, invite users, and manage and share environmental data. The site is already host to 64 projects from around the world. Several of these relate directly (the King Tides projects) or indirectly (the Eelgrass in Maine project) to addressing impacts of climate change. Anecdata has the potential to host hundreds if not thousands of projects. We plan to build out the capacity of to meet the growing data management needs of numerous organizations working on the front lines of environmental change. In order to promote “Data to Action”, we will add new communication and civic action tools to the website. In addition, we plan to implement a commercialization strategy for our mobile app by which we can generate revenue to support as a free site for all users.

Amount Approved
$28,000.00 on 8/1/2018 (Check sent: 8/27/2018)

  Related Organizations
MDI Biological Laboratory  

159 Old Bar Harbor Road
Bar Harbor , ME 04609

After driving onto Mt. Desert Island, bear left to stay on Route 3. Drive about 4 miles, then turn left onto Old Bar Harbor Road at sign for the Lab. Turn left again onto Biol Lab Road and continue straight to parking area.

(207) 288-9880 ext 125


Dr. Jane Disney
Eelgrass Project Co-Manager
Judy Sproule
Deputy Director of Development, Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Posted 3/28/2018 5:49 PM
Updated   11/9/2018 10:34 AM

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