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Capturing Change in Place: SCGIS2016

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Janet Silbernagel

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Transcript of Capturing Change in Place: SCGIS2016

Explorer App
Allows members to explore outside and capture place-based observations from the field to share with community
Design & Piloting
user-centered design and pretesting
Capturing Change in Place:
Geotools for Citizen Engagement
Janet Silbernagel & Francis Eanes
with David Hart & Patrick Robinson

June 2016

Create a real-time platform for communities to build their own spatial narratives from place-based experiences
observations (photos, audio, videos, notes)
invasive species
rare/threatened species
unique geology/landforms
recreational activities
restoration projects
management issues
birds & blooms
Surfer App
for browsing & entering content from home base
... "learning to fly the plane while building it" (Roth, 2008)
piloting workshops with 3 community partners
quantitative and qualitative surveys (n=40)
spatial analysis of user-contributed content
(n=772 observations)
Predesign Phase
User Evaluations
2) geotools promoted greater mindfulness while out in nature for some
3) users learned about new ecosystems, wildlife and places
4) potential for robust spatial analysis
5) smartphones in nature: a mixed bag
10 pretesting workshops with 150+ participants
user & content analysis
99 total observations
technical and methodological challenges
1) most said apps were relatively easy to use

2) the mobile app effectively or very effectively engaged
78% of participants in their surrounding landscapes

3) users more likely to notice plants, animals, or other
natural features while using the mobile app

4) some (40%) plan to continue using the apps after the
project ends

5) 47% experienced 1-2 technical issues
42% experienced several/several significant tech issues
perception of the app's ease of use
app's ability to upload local content of interest to the user
users’ intention to continue using the app outside of the project
prior app/smartphone use
user prefers to interact with landscapes with as
technology as possible
Content Analysis
1) geotools well-received; technical modifications hold promise
Take aways:
Tech questions:
moderation? storage? privacy? logins?
Growth areas:
spatial and visual analysis
coastal & species monitoring
citizen science partnerships
environmental / place-based education
A suite of mobile- and web-based tools for constructing place-based narratives, in ways that enrich the analytical power of GIS and contribute to design of adaptation strategies
Pilot the tools in a coastal community to evaluate citizen engagement and spatial capabilities
Telling the story of a place.

NOAA SeaGrant (WI, MN)
Regional award for outstanding programming
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Community groups as authors…

and explorers
ArcGIS.com backbone for authoring
Mobile (explorer) app for iOS
Storymap- like web (surfer) app
community-driven topics & sites
Moving Forward
research & design team:
Applications Prototype Lab, Esri
Patrick Robinson, ERC, UWGB
David Hart, WI SG
Francis Eanes & Matthew Axler, Ethan Heyrman – UW-Mad
UW DoIT learning center…
All participants from Green Bay / Northeast Wisconsin

Researcher as author...
Prototype development with Esri APL
prototype development
Holistic testing
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