1) Many app services are reflexive and passive neither allowing the individual nor the project to achieve full realization, whereas Cycle Atlanta makes normative claims of what is happening and what is needed proactively.
1) How to get engage citizens in real time civic problems
Included in this article are 5 platforms to solicit perspectives from the citizen of a particular area. They include the Ivote app, WePower App, Goodnet and give2gether. There is much more to learn about these apps and how they might link to Twitter and Facebook but they provide a great way to get real time connected information about the priorities and concerns of CItizens.
Review the specific needs of the survey or determine what type of feedback would best enable an agenda to move forward. Pick the most appropriate app and communicate its availability to the citizens. Open the voting period and compile real time results.
LeafSnap is a mobile app, developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution, that identifies trees species from a photograph of its leaves and provides information about its fruits, flowers, seeds and growing conditions
The app works with a snapshot modeled on a face-identification system like a Shazam for plants and delivers a service similar to a Monument Tracker for plants
Not only does the app provide information to the photographer-resident about his local green assets but it also shares the picture and location of the plant with other users and scientists that can use this data to advance their research on biodiversity
Constrains: the system requires photo shooting the leaf on a white piece of paper and the database only provides information about Northeast US, New York City and Washington DC’s species of trees.
3) The stakeholders that will need to use the technology found are:
Columbia University that can partner with NYC to promote and further develop the app
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to promote the app on their website and make it available to residents
All residents that will use the app to play or develop their knowledge
The NYC Department of Education can promote the app to middle schools and biology teachers
4) I work for one of the app developers, Columbia University
Build a partnership with the NYC City Parks and Garden for them to
promote “LeafSnap; the number one App that reconnects New Yorkers with their environment” on their website during the summer when nycgovparks.com reaches a high frequentation
make LeafSnap available to download
and integrate the LeafSnap database in the NYC Parks system
Measure app success through figures about the total number of downloaders during the first summer
Use initial success to source funding and develop a GIS for mapping tree species in NYC and making it available to the public
In the long-term, develop FlowerSnap, InsectsSnap and databases for other cities in the US