We’re looking to gather as many ideas as possible for changes, improvements, or additional functionalities people might like to see in MapSwipe! How could any part of the MapSwipe ecosystem be better, or what is missing? We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, please submit ideas using this: 1 question survey form
MapSwipe is a mobile app for Android and iOS for crowdsourcing map data. Originally it was used for a first pass in rural, mostly unmapped areas to identify the locations of buildings and roads. Those locations were then used to focus projects on the Tasking Manager so that mappers wouldn’t have to spend time panning across large swathes of forest and desert.
Right now there are three mission types:
Build area - users are shown a grid of six satellite imagery squares per screen and asked to tap the ones that contain a certain feature
Footprint validation - users are shown the outline of a feature from OSM over satellite imagery and asked to confirm the outline is correct and the feature exists
Change detection - users are shown a tile from 2 different imagery sources and asked to determine if some change occurred
I went to a lightning talk today on AI and machine learning. Therefore, I got the idea there whether MapSwipe could be the basis for machine learning “results”. So that the users in the app by answering in the app could also expand a sample set of image recognition databases at the same time.