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This webinar was held on September 25, 2012 and provided an overview of the mobile version of OpenTreeMap. We also discussed how smartphones and tablet computers can be used in urban forestry......

This webinar was held on September 25, 2012 and provided an overview of the mobile version of OpenTreeMap. We also discussed how smartphones and tablet computers can be used in urban forestry projects.

OpenTreeMap is a web-based system for collaborative, geography-enabled urban tree inventory. The mobile version of OpenTreeMap enables users to search, add, and edit tree information via their iPhones and Android devices.

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  • 1. Exploring Mobile Technology with OpenTreeMap Mobile 340 N 12th St, Suite 402 Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.925.2600 info@azavea.com www.azavea.com/opentreemap
  • 2. About Us Deborah Boyer OpenTreeMap Project Manager dboyer@azavea.com 215.701.7506 Carissa Brittain Software Developer cbrittain@azavea.com 215.701.7716
  • 3. About Azavea• Founded in 2000• 30+ people• Based in Philadelphia – Also Boston & Minneapolis• Geospatial + web + mobile – Software development – Spatial analysis services – User experience
  • 4. Agenda• Welcome• Overview of OpenTreeMap and Mobile Version (Deb)• Using Mobile Tech for a Tree Inventory (Amy)• How Can Mobile Technology Assist with Public Engagement Projects?(Deb)• Questions
  • 5. An open source tree data management systemfor collaborative, geography enabled urban tree inventory
  • 6. Main Features• Search and Explore Tree Data• View Ecosystem Benefits• Add New Trees• Edit and Update Trees• Upload Tree Photos• Track Stewardship Activities
  • 7. Partners and Funders
  • 8. OpenTreeMap In Action
  • 9. OpenTreeMap Mobile
  • 10. Why Mobile?• The “Can I use this on my phone?” question• Ideal for field work• Uses hardware (phones and tablets) many people own
  • 11. Why Mobile?
  • 12. Our Goals• Build on our previous OpenTreeMap work• Create an easy to use interface• Enable people to use their own phones and tablets• Make tree inventory and exploration fast and fun
  • 13. How do you go mobile?
  • 14. Choose a TechnologyWeb App Mobile App•Mobile optimized version of a •Built specifically for iPhonewebsite and Android devices•Ensures site works with a •Interface designed for use ontouch interface on a small a phonedisplay screen •Available through app stores•Not usually available throughapp stores •Camera access•Cannot use camera •Higher development cost•Lower development cost
  • 15. Choose a TechnologyNative mobile apps for iPhone and Android Optimized version of the website for iPad
  • 16. Designing a Mobile App• Follow the one action per page rule• Enable multiple user stories (searching, editing, approving info)• Keep key site features• Get rid of things• Allow registration
  • 17. Searching via Map
  • 18. Searching via Filters
  • 19. Lists
  • 20. Viewing Tree Details
  • 21. Ecosystem Benefits • Calculated using i-Tree • Visible once users add species and diameter • Edits via the smartphone app will also cause benefits to calculate
  • 22. Editing Tree Details
  • 23. Adding a Tree
  • 24. Administrative Review • Based on user and level of access • Removing tree and planting sites • Use Recent list to view new changes • Optional pending system
  • 25. Accessing OpenTreeMap via iPad • iPhone app on iPad • OpenTreeMap websites also work on the tablet • Required some feature changes • Works well with battery and 3G limitations
  • 26. Philly Street Tree Survey
  • 27. Mobile Apps in Urban Forestry
  • 28. Collaborative Inventories • The Great Tree Count • One week of tree counting fun • Uses OpenTreeMap sites and apps
  • 29. Other Urban Forestry Apps• Tree Identification apps (Leafsnap, What Tree Is That, Audubon Trees, etc)• Data Collection Web Form planned for i-Tree version 5• QR Codes (DDOT project in Washington, http://www.itreetools.org/news/w DC) hats_new.php
  • 30. Are Mobile Apps Right for Me?• Great resource that uses devices many people have• Need to include options for non-smartphone users• Creating your own mobile app can be expensive• Some apps are free or open source• Enables users to access your information anywhere• Shouldn’t be your only source of technical outreach One more tool to help us tell the story of the urban forest.
  • 31. ResourcesAlliance for Community Trees webinar – Tree Technology – Part IV: Smartphone Apps (http://actrees.org/what-we- do/training-and-conferences/events/tree-technology-iv- smartphone-apps/)OpenTreeMap – www.opentreemap.org
  • 32. The OpenTreeMap DetailsOpenTreeMap open source code for iOS app available athttps://github.com/azavea/OpenTreeMap-iOSPhillyTreeMap available for iOS athttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phillytreemap/id553281447?mt=8Urban Forest Map (San Francisco) and GreenprintMaps(Sacramento) iOS apps coming this week.All OpenTreeMap sites accessible via iPad and smartphones.Android app coming later this fall.
  • 33. Questions?
  • 34. About Us Deborah Boyer OpenTreeMap Project Manager dboyer@azavea.com 215.701.7506 Carissa Brittain Software Developer cbrittain@azavea.com 215.701.7716
  • 35. Want to Chat? Society of Municipal Arborists Conference - Nov. 13Partners in Community Forestry Conference - Nov. 14-15 If you’ll be in Sacramento for either conference, stop by the exhibit hall to say hello or to learn more about OpenTreeMap.
  • 36. Exploring Mobile Technology with OpenTreeMap Mobile 340 N 12th St, Suite 402 Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.925.2600 info@azavea.com www.azavea.com/opentreemap