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The term “crowdsourcing” refers to the external assignment of tasks, which were traditionally performed by a competent individual, to a large group of volunteers or a community, through an open invitation. Crowdsourcing applications bring together people who have common interests. Both the prevention of environmental disasters and environmental protection are fertile ground for such movements as they contribute to a common social goal.

 

ERMIS-F’s crowdsourcing application enables the voluntary collection of information by a large and open group of people via the internet. It allows registered users to contribute to the collection of information related to floods, from the field, while notifying it to the competent authorities at the same time. Users can be citizens, environmental organisations, authorities and professionals, etc. who will be able to gather information and help with the:Documentation of flood events that are in progress or have occurred, reflecting their impact on the town, society and infrastructure (e.g. extent and depth of flooding, damage caused, etc.)

Prevention by recording and highlighting problems and incidents that can lead to flooding (e.g. blocked rainwater drainage cisterns)

ERMIS-F users can install the app on their smart device (mobile phone or tablet) and significantly and interactively enrich the traditional way of gathering information by publishing or accessing: ·         Flood reports: data collection during the development of the main flood event, which can be useful in managing water depth, roadblocks, shutdown of critical infrastructure components, etc.·         Current situation reports: collection of information concerning the state of infrastructure, attributes='[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]'>flood management structures, streams, etc. that shape and influence the evolution of the phenomenon and are important for the prevention of a flood. For example: blocked stream beds from accumulation of debris and fly-tipping of building materials/rubbish; blocked grates, etc.·         Impact reports: collection of information related to the impacts, damages and adverse effects of flooding on the local community, infrastructure, etc. Crowdsourcing reports consist of one or more photos of the flood event, a brief description of its characteristics, additional comments, and other relevant information recorded by the user. They are accompanied by information that will be automatically collected by the mobile device, such as the geographical location of the event and the time stamp.The crowdsourcing application offers the user multiple possibilities to search and locate the requested information, including:

(a) keyword-based text search (full text search)

(b) advanced search based on a combination of user-selected criteria (city, event area, date, severity level, etc.)

(c) map-based search for geographic information (e.g. study areas).

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