Fixing urban troubles with crowdsourcing


Crowds rule. Crowds have become a partner of choice for governments, cities, and organizations around the world to improve their services and solve tricky problems. In fact, crowdsourcing has become such an integral part of today’s innovation toolkit that a quickly-deployable, customizable and branded crowdsourcing solution is on every organization’s wish-list. GIS Cloud, one of the pioneers to have enabled geo data and geo applications in the Cloud, is fulfilling this need of the hour with its newest offering: GIS Cloud Crowdsourcing Solution.

What will you get?

Essentially, organizations will get a branded mobile app for Android or iOS that can be fully personalized with their logo, colors, design, custom forms and specific interface preferences. The solution will also provide a public Web portal and a Web app for the admin.

How does this work?

Local governments, cities, and businesses can use the app to invite reports/observations/problems from citizens. People can fill the forms to give their feedback or use their mobile devices to map the areas of interest without even having to create an account. This is to enable anonymized reporting of issues. Options will be available to allow citizens to add photos, mark locations and write a comment.

On the backend, administrators will coordinate between various departments to check the statics, approve or decline submissions, track progress and create reports for review using graphs and charts. Only submissions approved by the admin will become visible to the public.

Related: 2017 – The Year Of Collaborative Mapping – Dino Ravnić, CEO of GIS Cloud

The best part is that the app accommodates businesses or organizations of any size and can be deployed faster than other custom crowdsourcing solution available in the market. Moreover, organizations will be able to test the solution in beta mode before making it public.

When GIS Cloud Crowdsourcing is integrated with the GIS Cloud platform, all data which has been collected can be used and managed in the Map Editor for additional customizations and reporting purposes. And once the data has been crowdsourced, Mobile Data Collection will allow easy inspections and other follow-on in-field activities.

Dino Ravnić, CEO and Co-founder of GIS Cloud, is quite excited to see how the solution will be used by his new and existing clients. “GIS Cloud Crowdsourcing is bringing organizations a simple and easy way of gathering valuable information and feedback from their communities. Being fully integrated with our platform and our cloud-based mapping products, Crowdsourcing is our step further in delivering on a promise of a true real-time map collaboration,” he said in a statement.

Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.