Environmental ‘Crowdsourcing’ – Improving the Leam Catchment Area

One of the ways in which we hope to use the Ask Warwickshire site is to provide opportunities for residents to help us and partner agencies gather data.  The process of getting residents to work collectively to help generate intelligence about a particular issue is called crowdsourcing.  By getting interested parties and volunteers to contribute information, we can develop a much more comprehensive picture and save huge amounts of time, getting projects completed more quickly.  It also provides residents with a direct opportunity to help inform and shape a project.

To illustrate this idea, we would like to draw your attention to the Leam Catchment Pilot being managed by the Environment Agency with partnership support.  The project is asking residents to report concerns about their local environment, within the River Leam catchment area.  There are several ways to get involved. You can click on a map and record a concern (points can be annotated with information and photographs), complete an online form, send an email or using Twitter.  All the information gathered will help plan environmental improvement projects in the area.

As the website explains, the work undertaken so far by the Environment Agency and partners has “focussed on the collation of data and knowledge held internally.  Now we need to spread our search to include the knowledge and expertise of those who know the catchment best – those who live, work and/or visit the catchment.  The aim of this website is to start that involvement.”

Please take a look at the project’s website and see if it is something you can get involved in. Let us know what you think about this way of collecting data.

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Warwickshire County Council's home for information and intelligence about Warwickshire and its people.

One Response to Environmental ‘Crowdsourcing’ – Improving the Leam Catchment Area

  1. Caroline Rann says:

    I think the opportunity for residents to contribute their views via a system that records the data spatially is an excellent idea. There are plenty of examples of this working well for the Heritage Sector from around the country. It could be particularly effective for responses relating to places and in particular environmental data.

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