QPR: digital platform to collect citizen driven data in a collaborative map
It is a geo-referenced open-source platform that presents several layers of information, which can be chosen to be visualised on cartographic maps: https://mapaqpr.farn.org.ar/
Information is shared by citizen science with situated experience on the socio-environmental problem using structured and open questionnaires
Public data from authoritative sources related to the platform themes is also shared.
The platform is conceived as dynamic open-source technology which can be upgraded in future versions to modify some features of the data-collection tools, to cover new themes, or to improve visualization functions. The source code is available at https://github.com/farn21/platform-qpr.
The digital platform follows three main purposes: to share experiences of the actions carried out by communities living in the basin; to organise the scattered public information and to collectively produce new information to facilitate interactions and actions for transformation.
The platform has the potential to become an intermediary space for actors to ideate actions of transformation. They could access public information –currently scattered- in a single place together with citizen-generated data on three important themes for Environmental Justice.
The platform will be used by different users’ profiles, including educators, researchers, community actors and public policy actors.
School teachers and informal learning facilitators
Anyone who wants to act either in the role of citizen scientists or users of citizen-generated data
To better inform potential users and to share other material directly related to the platform (e.g., guides for data collection, open citizen-driven data, videos to promote participation) we created a landing page whose URL is https://quepasariachuelo.farn.org.ar
Guidelines to use the platform in the different functionalities
Guidelines to use citizen-driven data for different purposes, for example on environmental education
Video-tutorials to train how to use the platform
Some elements needed for this tool are:
A computer or a mobile phone with internet connection.
Optional: a digital camera if you want to share pictures.
When the alpha version is ready, be sure the code is openly available and shared open source
Organise implementation workshops to guide the initial use of the platform with key stakeholders
Create support materials (see 13)
Expand dissemination (online presentations, participation in community events, dissemination through local press and social media)
Create and be involved in networks of stakeholders that could promote its use, both as citizen scientists and users of citizen-driven data
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