Three interesting articles about Crowdsourcing that appeared in late 2019:2020 and beyond: 11 predictions at the intersection of technology and citizen engagement in the DemocracySpot blog by Tiago Peixoto and Tom Steinberg. Lots of food for thought.Why Crowdsourcing Often Leads to Bad Ideas by Oguz A. Acar in the Harvard Business Review, outlining some of […]
Research, projects, ideas and best practices for using crowdsourcing in transport. This includes using technology to enable people to report problems, collect and analyse data, collaborate in solving complex problems, and take coordinated action to solve problems or improve situations.
The Transit Alliance Miami has created a simple graphic display illustrating the time between Miami Metrorail trains (frequency) at the Government Center station. They have taken Metrorail data and displayed it in an easy to understand format. It is an excellent example of how city residents can use open data to analyse and publicise the […]
Over the holidays I had a chance to update crowdsourced-transport.com with new information. Here are the highlights: Crowdsourced Public Transport page – added: WikiRoutes – site where users can add information about public transport routes and suggest improvements (PT Mapping). Digital Matatus – an application for using smartphones to map public transport routes (PT Mapping). […]
The Transit App can now collect tracking data from users to help them predict real time arrival information. This is an excellent tool especially in cities where there is no current real time data available. It’s also quite helpful because it can be more accurate than vehicle GPS signals since these signals may only be sent […]
City Swipe is a Tinder-like application designed to collect input on what people like and dislike about downtown Santa Monica (California). It’s really simple to use and therefore good for collecting lots of input. Here are the instructions from the project website: www.dtsmcityswipe.com HERE’S HOW IT WORKS Each slide will show an image and a […]
The Radlobby Wien (Vienna Bicycle Lobby) just revised its problem reporting application RadKummerKasten. It’s a great example of a customised reporting application and is built with OpenStreetMap and Radlkarte.at.
The Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office has published an interview with Gunnar Grímsson of the Citizens Foundation in Reykjavik about Better Reykjavik. Here’s a link to the article: A Better Reykjavik and a stronger community: The benefits of crowdsourcing and e-democracy The project has been quite successful: well over half the city […]
Beth Simone Novek writes in The Guardian about the need for more and better crowdsourcing. Her recommendations include focusing on the knowledge building aspects of crowdsourcing – not just using crowdsourcing as a communications tool, developing a range of crowdsourcing practices that speak to people’s particular knowledge, and ensuring that crowdsourcing is open to all. Read […]
CityLab has a fascinating article on the future of city 311 systems: The Future of 311 Could Be Weird. On this website we classify 311 systems as reporting applications because they are used by cities to collect and analyse reports by residents about problems etc. The “311” designation comes from the telephone number that was […]
Planetizen is a great source of information about all things urban planning. Their annual best of lists are particularly good. This year’s best websites 2016 were just published and they include several related to crowdsourcing and transport. For example the cover photo is Jason Wright’s Brand New Subway game, which is one of our favourite […]