Crowdsourcing is a way to utilize civic engagement in the concrete rather than abstract. By addressing the public and providing tools for engagement, planners can reveal hidden insights into public needs and concerns regarding civil infrastructure projects.
A part of introducing most every public infrastructure project is the public hearing or town-hall meeting where citizens can gather to hear and discuss the project. Maps and plans are usually put on display for a limited time and citizens are frequently given archaic means to comment. Without actually stopping by the public space for the meeting or viewing the displays, frequently on view in a lobby, stakeholders have few ways to keep up with what is being said by their fellow citizens. Geo-data crowdsourcing solves this by allowing direct participation. By leveraging a public facing crowdsourcing program, planners can maximize public trust through transparent engagement.
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Our team has developed multiple types of geo-data crowdsourcing tools both for desktop and for smart phones. Through the use of geo-data crowdsourcing tools, planners can gather community suggestions for improvements to public infrastructure, such as bicycle parking, bikeshare station locations, bus shelter locations, and so on. Cities can leverage the crowd to take inventory of infrastructure, gather maintenance requests and report on completion for such things as potholes that need filling, street light outages, traffic control device requests, and more.