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- Options for crowdsourcing GIS data? 1 answer
For my research, I need to ask respondents to indicate on a map where they think crime happens. I think of this as a digital solution to physically dropping pins on a map. Is there an online software to allow this?
This is work I am doing as a student for my PhD. The work is carried out with police, that cannot be induced to use not immediately user-friendly software. The software needs to be able to record in one answer, multiple points/polygons with attribute data (e.g. a short description of the type of crime they refer to). If it could be integrated together with a Survey even better, but not essential.
I can have access to Survey123, but it doesn't allow to record multiple points/polygons in the same answer (or multiple types of data input in the same question, for that matter). I have access to ArcGIS Online mapping, but I can't give access to the same file to all respondents. The reason why they can't see the previous respondent's answers is that they all need to provide their own response, and I need to limit any crossover between colleagues (also because I'd want to analyse inter-departmental differences).
My solution in the past has been asking as open questions, where crime happened, allowing for respondents to list names of streets/places in a text box. From that, I'd then manually have to enter/highlight in ArcGIS Desktop the answer by searching the place/street and drawing points/polygons myself. I would want to avoid doing this rather lengthy process again, as I have 200+ respondents.
Other options that I have explored, from reading old threads about this topic (specifically this one was the closest: Map-based online questionnair/survey) seem unsuitable. Specifically, CrowdMap seems to have changed over time or been re-developed behind a price barrier (which I cannot justify). CrowdSpot seemed also to have developed the same idea around their project, but once again they offer commercial solutions ( which I would prefer avoiding since I couldn't justify the price).
Off top of my head, I can think of only these details, but I am happy to be more specific once more questions come in. I can't predict what details I need to provide until I know know what the limitations of the proposed software are.