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Monday, October 17 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Technical Session. Developing Our Own Cool, Cheap, and Easy Mapping Tool

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AUTHORS: David Dickson*; Cary Chadwick*, University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

ABSTRACT: Almost exactly a year ago, Educators from the University of Connecticut shared three “cool, cheap and easy” smartphone mapping apps at NEARC. The ultimate goal of using these apps was to allow budget conscious organizations to collect spatially referenced field data, notes, photographs and forms and maintain and publish these data in the cloud. The path to get there required at least two different apps. In an effort to emphasize the “easy” part, UConn’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) set out to develop (with the help of savvy computer science students) our own field data collection app. The result is TractNotes, an app for Android devices (and hopefully iOS soon) that simplifies data collection and eliminates the need for clunky GPS receivers, clipboards, cameras, pencils, backpacks, audio recorders, compasses, a degree in GIS or deep pockets. This presentation will showcase the TractNotes app, the journey it took to develop it, and how we envision it being used for a wide variety of field data collection needs on a budget.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Nauset IV