Fieldtrip GB: A customisable mapping and data capture app
Fieldtrip GB: A customisablemapping and data capture appBen Butchart firstname.lastname@example.orgSmartphone apps, maps and Augmented Reality, British Geology Survey, 14thMay 2013, Keyworth, Nottingham
Challenges developing data captureapps• Relatively high cost• Rapid advances in technology…, so can become redundantquickly• Multiple operating systems• Mobile Network signal coverage is patchy – urban focus.• Versatile apps for data collection…do not allow apps to be‘branded’ …- proliferation of standalone apps could create clutter• Users expect apps to be intuitive and have high usabilityRoy, H.E., Pocock, M.J.O., Preston, C.D., Roy, D.B. & Savage, J. Tweddle,J.C. & Robinson, L.D., (2012)Understanding Citizen Science and Environmental Monitoring, UK Environmental Observation Framework,http://www.ceh.ac.uk/products/publications/documents/CitizenScienceReview.pdf(accessed 29/01/2013)
PC API Concepts• Editors: forms for capturing data and creatingdigital assets.• Records: Data captured using editor with linksto assets• Assets: Images, audio files, GPX files…• Providers: a personal cloud (storage) providersuch as Dropbox.
PC API Examples• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/auth/providers• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/auth/dropbox(then login)• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/auth/dropbox/%token%/• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/editors/dropbox/%token%/• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/records/dropbox/%token%/animal• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/fs/dropbox/%token%/records/animal/1366535731001.jpg• fieldtripgb.edina.ac.uk/pcapi/records/dropbox/%token%/?filter=editor,format&id=Animals.edtr&frmt=csv
Future Direction: Citizen Science andAugmented RealityWe are planning…• Add “Project Builder” to Authoring Tool– Streamlined interface– Single capture form– Pre-cached map downloads– Image overlays• App Builder: generate an app (apk)?• Line and Polygon annotations• Citizen Science– More complex forms , classification workflows– Reward contributors with context driven information– More sensor capabilities• Augmented Reality (Wikitude PhoneGap plugin and ARML 2.0)– Visualize and capture GPS tracks and POIs in landscape– Add simple 3d models (wind turbines etc.) and capture in landscape– Capture Thematic 2.5 overlays– Location triggered events• Develop PC API for use by other organisations data storage (Digimap, BGS)
THE Fieldtrip GB TEAMBen Butchart ( project manager)Addy Pope ( product design)Murray King ( engineer)George Hamilton (engineer)Panos Terzis (engineer)Michael Koutroumpas (engineer)Tim Urwin (GIS / cartography)Fiona Hemsley-Flint (GIS / cartography)Jackie Clark (graphic design)http://fieldtripgb.blogs.edina.ac.uk/