Sensors developed and tested in EU Making Sense Project. Source: Waag Society.
The Making Sense project is funded by the European Commission and has the mission to make advances and experiments in participatory sensing. According to making-sense.eu
Making Sense aims to explore how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.
The project runs between 2015 and 2017.
The website provides an excellent Making Sense Toolkit of materials and methods for planning and implementing participatory sensing campaigns.
City Swipe is a Tinder-like application designed to collect input on what people like and dislike about downtown Santa Monica (California).
It’s really simple to use and therefore good for collecting lots of input. Here are the instructions from the project website: www.dtsmcityswipe.com
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS Each slide will show an image and a question pertaining to a different element of Downtown. There are two different types of questions:
1. Yes or No Questions (Swipe RIGHT for YES or LEFT for NO)
2. Which Do you Prefer? (Swipe LEFT for the PHOTO ON THE LEFT or RIGHT for the PHOTO ON THE RIGHT)
COMMENTS If you have more to say about a certain question, please click the chat button on that question’s slide and leave us your comments. Then swipe to the next slide.
Your feedback will be incorporated into Downtown Santa Monica’s recommendations for the City of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan. This plan will help guide the future of Downtown for the next 15 years. So please take a moment to share your thought with us, and have some fun!
Getting Smart on Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Transport Authorities from Emerging Data Sources was produced by the Urban Transport Group and presents results of an emerging data catapult meeting held in May 2016. The Urban Transport Group is the UK’s network of city region transport authorities.
The report demonstrates that citizen-generated data projects are rarely the work of individual citizens. Instead, they often depend on partnerships to thrive and are supported by civil society organisations, community-based organisations, governments, or business. These partners play a necessary role to provide resources, support, and knowledge to citizens. In return, they can harness data created by citizens to support their own mission. Thus, citizens and their partners often gain mutual benefits from citizen-generated data.