From Non-Literate Data Collection to Intelligent Maps
We aim to design, develop, evaluate and deploy a generic platform that enables people with no or limited literacy – in the strict and broader technological sense – to use smartphones and tablets to collect, share, and analyse (spatial) data. The platform is and will be used in a variety of concrete projects, often related to environmental monitoring. Ultimately the goal is to let communities build so-called Community Memories: evolving, shared representations of the state of their environment, their relationship with it, and any threats it faces.
We started by developing tools to allow non-literate people to engage in participatory mapping. To extend participation beyond mere data collection we plan to introduce novel approaches to visualisation, analysis and editing of spatio-temporal data, comprehensible for non-literate users – a concept we call Intelligent Maps.
This project involves a variety of disciplines, such as Human-Computer Interaction, Anthropology, Software Engineering, and GIScience.
- Professor Muki Haklay (CEGE, UCL)
- Dr Jerome Lewis (Anthropology, UCL)
- Dr Claire Ellul (CEGE, UCL)
- Michalis Vitos (CEGE, UCL)
- Julia Altenbuchner (CEGE, UCL)
- Carolina Comandulli (Anthropology, UCL)
- Gill Conquest (Anthropology, UCL)
- Dr Matthias Stevens
- Stevens, M., Vitos, M., Lewis, J., & Haklay, M. (2013). Participatory monitoring of poaching in the Congo basin. GISRUK 2013, 21st GIS Research UK conference (April 2-5, 2013, Liverpool, England, UK).
- Vitos, M., Stevens, M., Lewis, J., & Haklay, M. (2013). Making local knowledge matter: Supporting non-literate people to monitor poaching in Congo. ACM DEV 2013, 3rd Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (January 11-12, 2013, Bangalore, India).
- Lewis, J., & Nkuintchua, T. (2012). Accessible technologies and FPIC: independent monitoring with forest communities in Cameroon. Participatory Learning and Action, 65, 151-165.
- Lewis, J. (2012). Technological leap-frogging in the Congo Basin. Pygmies and geographic positioning systems in Central Africa: What has happened and where is it going?. African Study Monographs, Supplementary Issue 43, 15-44.
- Bard van de Weijer. Een onderzoeker in ieders broekzak / Smartphones in het regenwoud. De Volkskrant, 2013-07-13, 32-33. In Dutch. (Web version pay-walled).
- Lou Del Bello. Mapping the Congo. SciDev.Net, 2013-08-09.
- Funding: UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Start & End Date: 02/2012 -
- Collaborators: Forests Monitor, OI-FLEG/IM-FLEG Congo-Brazzaville, Forest Peoples Programme
- Contact: For more information about this project you can contact Michalis Vitos - e-mail: michalis [dot] vitos [dot] 11 [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk