Constrained data acquisition for mobile citizen science applications

Sean Whitsitt, Armando Barreto, Maribel Hudson, Hussain Al-Helal, Diyang Chu, Kamel Didan, Sprinkle Jonathan

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Abstract

The popularity and ubiquity of personal mobile computing devices' coupled with their powerful sensing capabilities' allow their application in the structured collection of data for societal benefit and science applications. Citizen scientists are willing users and active contributors to scientific research and applications, but if they gather data in an unconstrained or ad hoc manner, their efforts may be of little scientific value. In this paper, we present a user interface for a mobile device which is properly constrained to permit the gathering of valid scientific data. This helps to achieve the goal that any individual with a basic familiarity of the device (but not of the science) should be able to obtain useful data with little learning required. As a use case for this concept, we present a mobile application that allows user to collect location-stamped images to supplement satellite data for climate change research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSPLASH'11 Workshops - Compilation Proceedings of the Co-Located Workshops
Subtitle of host publicationDSM'11, TMC'11, AGERE'11, AOOPES'11, NEAT'11, and VMIL'11
Pages267-271
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventACM International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages, and Applications: Software for Humanity, SPLASH'11 and the Co-Located Workshops: DSM'11, TMC'11, AGERE'11, AOOPES'11, NEAT'11, and VMIL'11 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2011Oct 24 2011

Publication series

NameSPLASH'11 Workshops - Compilation Proceedings of the Co-Located Workshops: DSM'11, TMC'11, AGERE'11, AOOPES'11, NEAT'11, and VMIL'11

Other

OtherACM International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages, and Applications: Software for Humanity, SPLASH'11 and the Co-Located Workshops: DSM'11, TMC'11, AGERE'11, AOOPES'11, NEAT'11, and VMIL'11
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period10/23/1110/24/11

Keywords

  • citizen scientist
  • domain-specific modeling
  • iphone
  • mobile phone programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Whitsitt, S., Barreto, A., Hudson, M., Al-Helal, H., Chu, D., Didan, K., & Jonathan, S. (2011). Constrained data acquisition for mobile citizen science applications. In SPLASH'11 Workshops - Compilation Proceedings of the Co-Located Workshops: DSM'11, TMC'11, AGERE'11, AOOPES'11, NEAT'11, and VMIL'11 (pp. 267-271). (SPLASH'11 Workshops - Compilation Proceedings of the Co-Located Workshops: DSM'11, TMC'11, AGERE'11, AOOPES'11, NEAT'11, and VMIL'11). https://doi.org/10.1145/2095050.2095095