Fixing the city one photo at a time : mobile logging of maintenance requests
Foth, Marcus, Schroeter, Ronald, & Anastasiu, Irina (2011) Fixing the city one photo at a time : mobile logging of maintenance requests. In Paris, Cécile, Colineau, Nathalie, Farrell, Vivienne, Farrell, Graham, & Huang, Weidong (Eds.) Proceedings of the 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on - OzCHI '11, ACM, Canberra, Australia, pp. 126-129.
We have designed a mobile application that takes advantage of the built-in features of smart phones such as camera and GPS that allow users to take geo-tagged photos while on the move. Urban residents can take pictures of broken street furniture and public property requiring repair, attach a brief description, and submit the information as a maintenance request to the local government organisation of their city. This paper discusses the design approach that led to the application, highlights a built-in mechanism to elicit user feedback, and evaluates the progress to date with user feedback and log statistics. It concludes with an outlook highlighting user requested features and our own design aspirations for moving from a reporting tool to a civic engagement tool.
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