Let the Public Participate in Civil Science
In this week’s sprint we developed the software that helps the public upload data that helps the analyzing of civil scientists. I believe this app could encourage more people to take part in the science researching and care about the environment around us. My app’s target user is the students, by the requirement of the professors in relevant class and the interests. Students can use the app to analyze several kinds of data, from basic data without the need of scientific equipment, such as transparency and color, to professional data that needs careful experiment and measuring — bacteria analyzing, pH test, etc. They just need simply type in, or use the camera to take the photo of the sample, then the data would contribute to the environmental science.
When reflecting the designing process, it’s not that easy. The first problem I encounter is that how to motivate people to use this — of course not everyone would like to go to the lakeside, get the sample, and collect & upload the data. So they need motivation. It’s a big problem because the app and the science researching doesn’t fulfill any of their interest. Then I came up with and idea that I can set a gift shop in the app, once they upload enough data they could get some small gifts, though it’s not really fascinating it could attract a few people to continue doing this; also the sharing system can also attract some new user to contribute to this.
For the project, I think it’s really good because it let more people participate in the civil research and increase their awareness of the environmental protection; on the other hand, the app can also be a path that improve the public’s scientific recognition by adding more functions to it, such as some news, or the video of the environmental experiments.
For the designing process, I think it’s a challenging experience: it’s not that hard, but the interaction flow, prototyping and the logic in the designing really need us to be careful and thoughtful, to solve those problem, and once we go over that, the experience will help us in the following sprints and charrettes, especially for me, if I apply the HCDE major in winter quarter successfully, that will help me in the whole career.