Researchers highlight advantages of using free crowdsourced data apps in lieu of creating custom software.

A National Center for Rural Road Safety factsheet highlighting experience with crowdsourced data solutions.


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The following considerations should be made when developing and deploying crowdsourced data applications:
  • Use a free source or application to gather crowdsourced data before creating a custom application.
  • Account for staffing costs to process and verify public-provided data for accuracy.
  • Train citizens on what should be reported and how (for example reliable traveler information on road and traffic conditions and weather events)
  • Provide users with limited reporting capabilities until they have proven their ability to provide accurate information.
  • Assess the quantity of the crowdsourced data and the method for validating the data (with staff, cameras, number of similar reports).

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Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Toolkit: Crowdsourced Data

Published By: National Center for Rural Road Safety

Source Date: 01/01/2018

URL: https://ruralsafetycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/TTI2.pdf

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Lesson ID: 2020-00950