Greenspace Hack

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An IoT and crowdsource-enabled mobile app to design healthier and smarter greenspaces

Urban planners typically rely on macro-level data (e.g. census data) to develop long-term plans for urban infrastructure provision. On the other hand, crowdsourced data is growing in popularity and use, capturing information through citizen engagement to provide more localised, individual and frequent information.

This opens up new possibilities for planners, enabling the detail and voices of city dwellers to be the fabric from which planning strategies are built.

Credit: Andy Hong

Despite the promise and potential of crowdsourced data for use in policy-making, a lack of knowledge and experience exists when combining crowdsourcing approaches with new technology platforms, such as Internet of Things (IoT), which can translate to barriers in adoption rates and relevance to stakeholders involved in the planning process.

This project is looking to overcome such barriers to ensure the potential health benefits of greenspace are maximised, through innovative, community-focused evidence gathering.

The project brings together colleagues from the George Institute for Global Health, UK, at the University of Oxford and Oxfordshire County Council, to develop a crowdsource-enabled smartphone survey with multiple choice items and free text based on understanding and usability of greenspace. The project aims to facilitate better designs of greenspaces by providing robust evidence on which characteristics of greenspace contribute to promoting healthier urban environments at individual and local levels.

The project will be delivered through a series of stakeholder workshops in order to develop, pilot and evaluate the smartphone app alongside the project partners Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and Smart Oxford, Cambridgeshire County Council and Smart Cambridge, NHS Healthy New Towns: Bicester Healthy New Town and Northstowe Healthy New.

Project lead:

Dr Andy Hong, University of Oxford. View Andy’s staff and personal webpages.

Partners:

Follow the project on twitter @GreenspaceHack

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