With some spare time and some eager volunteers, it's super easy to collect data around virtually anything with the Rock Solid platform.
On Friday July 8th 2011, 4-H youth (Geo-spatial leadership team) from 7 states assisted US Fish + Wildlife staff to collect baseline data for the 10-year restoration plans for the San Diego Bay Salt Marsh Refuges. 4-H youth and their adult volunteer leaders pioneered the use of GPS-enabled smartphones using "easy to use" community data application collection app developed by Rock Solid (previously CitySourced).
The results are fascinating and with the help of some free tools from Esri, you can mash them up on virtually any type of map and share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You can even embed the results in your own website (like we did here).
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By the end of the day, the 4-H team of Teens took the data collected using the Rock Solid location based mobile reporting platform), and imported the into an online map at arcgis.com. ArcGIS online was able to automatically pick up the meta-data (species type, latitude, longitude, etc.) in the data stream and embed that into the map as well. All that was left was choosing a basemap (satellite imagery, street imagery, etc.) and voila!, the map is created. This data will be used for analysis, display and decision making by US Fish & Wildlife Service planners and managers.
Esri is doing some pretty incredible things with their technology and partner ecosystem, and we're honored to be collaborating with all of these folks. To learn more about what 4-H is doing with geo-spatial check out 4-H.org.
Stay tuned for more important projects like this one!
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