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Singapore launches map-based crowdsourcing of information from public


25 May 2012

Thanya Kunakornpaiboonsiri

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Singapore goes hi-tech yet again with launch of a new set of map-based tools by the Singapore Land Authority to facilitate ‘crowd-sourcing’, whereby NGOs and other welfare organisations can gather location-based information from the public through their websites.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has recently launched "OneMap Crowd Sourcing Tools" to provide organisations with map facility to locate interactive activities and information.

OneMap Crowd Sourcing Tools is a beta set of map-based tools that the community and Non-Governmental Organisations can use to facilitate crowd sourcing and create a function on their websites where OneMap will serve a map for users to tag the locations of crowd-sourced information.

"The benefit of OneMap extend beyond just the sharing of information by the public sector. Businesses and organisations can leverage OneMap to reach out and gather spatial information from a large group of people," said Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary on Education and Law.

Singapore launches map-based crowdsourcing of information from public
Image credits: FutureGov/ Cat community on OneMap

The Cat Welfare Society yesterday started the use of crowd sourcing tools on OneMap. Citizens can now easily report sightings of stray cats and their locations on OneMap at the Society’s website.

"This data enables the Society to plan a systematic trapping and sterilisation programme, helps it gauge where feeding points are most needed, and work with local community to set up such points," she added.

The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) also launched its “BizQuery” service on OneMap to enable users to find the location of registered businesses in Singapore. The same location-based information will be linked to ACRA’s online portal for direct purchase of the corresponding business information.

The SLA has awarded the winners of the OneMap Challenge, a competition aimed at increasing awareness of, and promoting the innovative use of OneMap in the development of desktop and mobile applications.

The winner for mobile application category is “ecoFinder”, a social and interactive environmental application aimed to motivate users to go green by making effort and taking action to recycle.

With Eco-Finder, users are able to locate nearby recycle bins, check-in to bin and gain points, as well as to unlock achievements and compete with friends on leaderboard. The application has been developed by Tan Jia Hao, a last year student at Nanyang Polytechnic.

The runner-ups are iGoNYP, imHungry@SG for mobile category, and Nearby Tutors.sg and Oh My God, it is OneMap Game (OMG) for web category.

OneMap is the first major application of an integrated map system for government agencies to deliver location-based services and information.

It is a multi-agency collaboration with many government agencies currently participating and contributing information. It is managed and operated by the SLA.

It can also be used by the private sector and the community to create useful and value-added services. The public can find locations using intelligent search, get driving directions, public transport routing, obtain comprehensive information contributed by government agencies and explore the maps using a variety of user-friendly widgets.

Since its launch two years ago, OneMap has attracted 28 participating agencies from the public sector who have provided 50 information themes and 29 service offerings to citizens in Singapore.

 
Source : FutureGov

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