Project Everest

Proposal (Operational/Other)

Open Source Spatial Solutions

Corey Middleton
Corey Middleton | Nov 13, 2017 | in Knowledge Base

Ever Heard of Open Street Map? 
How about Map Swipe? 

Nah, didn't think so. These are all examples of tech that makes spatial science easy, scalable and for the most part, open source. Its where I a solution may lie for ERS. 

Open street map is currently used to identify features and things of interest on a map. Simply open the area you want, look at the satellite imagery, select the feature and name it. Sweet, you now know something about that area. 
What if you list major waste deposits, dumping hotspots, communal burn sites. It would allow you to visualise the spread of waste across Dili. 

Combine this with something like Handy GPS. it allows you to snap a photo of an area, upload it as a point coordinate to a map file. Which means later you can see the location of all those broken, red, smaller than 1m3 bins you seen on the last walk to the shop. 

Specifics, that's the point. Collecting data that is specific to a location and that tells you quickly where resources are needed, or where education is required. It could drive the logistics of ERS. 

I need to work out the best method of allowing the community to freely interact with the map and continually add data. I plan to contact open street map about this. But I feel that with the right combination of handy GPS and open street map you could quicky provide a way for ERS to identify viability based on waste volumes/ locations and move forward from there. 

Update to come. these are my initial thoughts for now

edited on 2nd July 2018, 19:07 by Wade Tink

Sam Swain Nov 14, 2017

This is a really interesting idea Corey, I know many government organisations including the NSW EPA have been doing something similar in order to aid in the reporting of illegal dumping sites, but they have built their own platforms - (RID - Report Illegal Dumping) to do this.
There have been two key issues that I've seen with the EPA's website, which may also translate to this.
1 - working without phone signal
2 - Encouraging users to utilise this app. It's been a significant issue to encourage general users to utilise this reporting method. Local governments have been using it to greater effect, so if you have someone going around neighbourhoods on a regular basis that might be easier to use.

PE, would also need to be conscious that just because the waste is identified, doesn't mean it will be cleaned up. This has been the issue with apps here. The questions have been "so I've identified it, now what? What's the outcome? What's in it for me? Will this be cleaned up?"

I should also add on a similar lines, CSIRO here developed a great way of connecting businesses to try and promote reuse, -
basically an online platform where you could report a waste stream and try and connect with other users that are wanting that platform. Not sure whether this would work in Timor but a great concept

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Wade Tink Jul 2, 2018

Status label added: Proposal (Operational/other)

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