Thanx for update and thots. But I’m still searching for business structure of CSA–and if a letter file is kept you’ll note this is not the first time I’ve sought such info. So, again, what does now (and what is planned to) generate funds to keep CSA going. I’m guessing that some sort of income will be generated by CSA’s mgmt of data–sort of a mega/meta data clearing house. This will require rather sophisticated billing–has CSA sourced off-campus services like eg SAP or Oracle?
Thanks for your comment! The CSA is exploring a variety of ways to keep our organization going and well funded. Currently, we are submitting proposals to fund our work and are also working hard to devise adequate membership fee structures / fundraising campaigns (think crowdfunding) / institutional membership fees / donations to support our work. These things take time and must be well thought out. We have created a fundraising and membership task force to begin to devise sustainable funding support so as to not preclude participation from people with diverse economic statuses and backgrounds while at the same time being designed to provide solid and sustainable support for the work we all aspire to do in support of citizen science. In addition, we hope to generate income from conference registration fees and associated costs. As for our “management of data – sort of a mega/meta clearing house,” we are working with partner organizations who also manage such data to devise open sharing protocols where appropriate of such data through the work of our new metadata working group. However, these discussions are early in maturity and we have not yet devised any sophisticated billing systems such as SAP or Oracle. We hope this helps answer your question to some degree. Thanks again for asking.
Best Wishes, Greg
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