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Title:Designing a Mobile Crowdsourcing System for Campus Safety
Author(s):Tan, Elliot; Xia, Huichuan; Ji, Cheng; Joshi, Ritu Virendra; Huang, Yun
Subject(s):qualitative research methods
community informatics
human-computer interaction
Abstract:Safety on college campuses remains a dire issue. Current reporting methods are still cumbersome and include no enhancing social aspect. Given the unique opportunity that universities are required to publish their safety report logs, we conducted a preliminary data analysis of a university's safety report log. The analysis allowed us to detect relevant trends in reporting behavior, specifically pertaining to where, when, and how soon the community would report safety incidents. Motivated by these findings and by literature promoting interactive reporting systems, we designed a novel mobile app which aims to enable the spread of crowdsourced public safety information. This app allows for immediate mass sharing of self-reported safety incidents, as well as the opportunity for witness reporting. Feedback from a paper prototype interview study indicated that these qualities would facilitate increased interactivity among its user community, and ultimately promote awareness of campus safety.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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