A Crowd-sourced community data collection tool for Neighborhood Experts
You’re a community group who wants to collect place-based information through volunteers or group members on the ground. Your group wants to collect data with an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly tool, and you want to use that information to quickly draw conclusions, provide supporting evidence for your cause, or visualize data around an important issue, community need or asset.
What does it do?
Guides community group leaders in creation of a survey or form that targets the desired data and fits the group collection needs
Captures information flexibly (input from Mobile, SMS, twitter or Paper & Scan) for collection out in the field
Makes it easy for collectors to enter high-quality geolocated information (standardized field entry, use map and/or GPS)
Feeds data directly into a geospatial database (Fusion tables?)
Datasets can be exported in .kml, shapefiles or tables to download, which allows for the easy production of maps and geospatial visualization of data
Make information collection easy and efficient
Democratize the collection of high-quality data
Converts community generated information to a useful format
Who are the Users?
Ringleaders: Community leader/organizer. Eg. Debbie of Focus: HOPE
Uses the browser (desktop) tool to generate a collection mechanism for the desired data.
Collectors: Volunteers from community, members of NGO. Eg. Ryan, Debbie, U-M volunteers
Use the collection mechanism, walk around, collect data
Consumers: Technical community leader, technical assistance provider, Data Driven Detroit. Eg. Michelle of Focus: HOPE (Debbie’s prop. manager), D3, MCR
Use the data to understand community assets, make planning decisions, etc.
+ Governments shouldn’t be the only creators of publicly available (complete) data sets. Neighborhood experts should be able to capture quality data too!
+ Right now, communities document information in closed, inconsistent formats. When lists are converted to maps, community groups often need a planner or technical expert to help them do this
+ Legitimizes qualitative, community-generated data by organizing, cleaning, verifying, consolidating and visualizing neighborhood-based data
+ Planners can use this data to help inform the planning process
detroit, data, community
MVP Design & Development
User Testing & Iteration