Esri UC2020: Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing Sessions

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07-06-2020 06:04 PM
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Attending the Esri User Conference (UC2020) and seeking sessions related to Citizen Science or Crowdsourcing.  Here are a few sessions you should check out.

On-Demand Sessions:

Best Practices for Geospatial Validation of Flood Forecasts via Citizen Science

 'Catch the King' Tide is a successful citizen-science GPS data collection effort that maps king tides in Hampton Roads, VA. Hundreds of volunteers map maximum flood extents using their phone's GPS to validate and improve high-res. inundation model predictions. 150,000+ geotagged high water marks and photos have been captured using the Sea Level Rise and ArcGIS Collector Apps to trace floodwaters in VA since 2014: https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/mapping-virginias-highest-tide/

1:Many | Leveraging the Gamut of Esri Products to Restore a Species

With over 600 Eastern Bluebird boxes spread over 27,000 acres of land, Three Rivers Park District innovated a way for citizen scientists to collect critical habitat information through an easy to use application while managing the restoration of a species. Learn about how GIS staff capture real time information leveraging related record collection in Survey 123, arcade visualizations, and distributed collaboration to power their solution.

Esri ArcGIS-based Submarine Cables of the World Interactive Map

98% of the world’s internet runs on subsea cables, but as an industry, we have not had a suitable, free mapping tool of systems. STF used a managed crowdsourcing effort for data collection – all system information is derived from the public domain by an analyst as well as update recommendations. STF’s online map was built with the industry-standard Esri ArcGIS platform and linked to the STF Submarine Cable Database. Systems are linked to STF’s News Feed for current news about the system.

Live Fire Map: Crowdsourcing Early Detection of Wildfires for Public Awareness

The Live Fire project uses crowdsourced monitoring by trained volunteers to identify new wildfires and quickly map them on a public information map. Fire reports are identified from sources including social media, camera networks, radar tracking of fire aircraft, radio scanners, and official sources. After validation for accuracy and geolocation, each report is added to the Live Fire map, including a link to the official responding agency to enable public users to obtain additional information.

Leveraging ArcGIS & StoryMaps to Communicate Shelter Locations During Disasters

For all major US hurricanes since 2018, CEDR has gathered shelter locations from county emergency management & other local sources via crowdsourcing and automated techniques. Our shelter feature layer is relied upon by FEMA and included in public maps from organizations such as NAPSG. Additionally, in 2019, CEDR documented location issues with Puerto Rico shelters via a Story Map, which provided a rich way to communicate a detailed data analysis effort clearly in a compelling visual format.

Crowdsourcing Real-Time Real Estate Data Through GIS

Commercial real estate markets are large and complicated, making it difficult to engage and educate audiences. Linking 3D buildings within Esri Portal to a CRM system creates a platform where users can easily explore markets and instantly access crowdsourced data in a real-time, two-way communication exchange. We will explore everything from linking extruded buildings with dynamic backend datasets across geographies to ensuring users have access to the best crowdsourced content.

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About the Author
Charmel Menzel is a Solution Engineer on the Esri National Government team.