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Exploring Mobile Technology with OpenTreeMap Mobile

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.

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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Exploring Mobile Technology with OpenTreeMap Mobile

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 5. An open source tree data management system for collaborative, geography enabled urban tree inventory
  6. 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. 7. Partners and Funders
  8. 8. OpenTreeMap In Action
  9. 9. OpenTreeMap Mobile
  10. 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. 11. Why Mobile?
  12. 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. 13. How do you go mobile?
  14. 14. Choose a Technology Web App Mobile App •Mobile optimized version of a •Built specifically for iPhone website and Android devices •Ensures site works with a •Interface designed for use on touch interface on a small a phone display screen •Available through app stores •Not usually available through app stores •Camera access •Cannot use camera •Higher development cost •Lower development cost
  15. 15. Choose a Technology Native mobile apps for iPhone and Android Optimized version of the website for iPad
  16. 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. 17. Searching via Map
  18. 18. Searching via Filters
  19. 19. Lists
  20. 20. Viewing Tree Details
  21. 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. 22. Editing Tree Details
  23. 23. Adding a Tree
  24. 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. 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. 26. Philly Street Tree Survey
  27. 27. Mobile Apps in Urban Forestry
  28. 28. Collaborative Inventories • The Great Tree Count • One week of tree counting fun • Uses OpenTreeMap sites and apps
  29. 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. 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. 31. Resources Alliance 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. 32. The OpenTreeMap Details OpenTreeMap open source code for iOS app available at https://github.com/azavea/OpenTreeMap-iOS PhillyTreeMap available for iOS at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phillytreemap/id553281447?mt= 8 Urban 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. 33. Questions?
  34. 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. 35. Want to Chat? Society of Municipal Arborists Conference - Nov. 13 Partners 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. 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

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