This research has two main aims. We want to research 1) how people use and experience urban parks and 2) if an app is a good way to collect this kind of information.

We are using the Rembrandtpark as a pilot project. If the pilot is successful, we would like to scale-up and use the app in the other urban parks of Amsterdam.

The research is part of a larger European project called LandSense. This study in the Rembrandtpark is considered a demonstration case study. The information gathered by the app will be compared to the same or similar information collected in other ways to see if it is a good complement or even replacement for data collection.

For example, the City of Amsterdam have conducted surveys by mail in the past to see what people think of the parks in Amsterdam – the so-called Big Green Survey (Grote Groen Onderzoek). The city is now very interested in this app to see if it can collect similar information and if it might be a more effective way to collect this information. One possible advantage of the app is that we can collect more specific answers or emotional reactions by asking people to answer questions while they are in the park at a specified point.

This pilot case is especially interesting for the City of Amsterdam because they are planning to renovate the Rembrandtpark in 2019. The information that this app collects could be very useful to inform how and where changes will be made.

That is why we ask you to download the app, go into the park and answer the questions. Thanks for that!

‘Crowdsourcing’ data

The use of an app like this is being called ‘crowdsourcing’ of data or information. Crowdsourcing means that information or data used in scientific research is gathered from the crowd (like money in crowdfunding). However, it might be more accurate to call it ‘crowdsensing’… This is because the respondents aren’t directly collecting data, but are responding with their feelings about certain locations – therefore ‘sensing’ their environment.
It can also be called ‘citizen science’ because it involves citizens in collecting data used in scientific studies.

LandSense

This research is part of the larger, Europe-wide Landsense project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The LandSense project aims to build an innovative citizen observatory for Land Use and Land Cover monitoring by connecting citizens with satellite imagery to transform current approaches to environmental decision making. LandSense aims to uncover the collective potential of citizen science and Earth Observation (EO) data to improve the way people see, map and understand the world.

For more information visit www.landsense.eu