VGI COMPETITION

TAMU GIS Day - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Overview

Each year, Texas A&M GIS Day hosts a Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) data collection competition to engage students, faculty, staff, and other GIS Day participants to get out there and collect some data that is meaningful to the mission of Texas A&M. The competition has prizes, and allows participants to have an impact on our campus.

2019 Competitions

This year's competition has not been announced yet. Check back closer to GIS Day to see what opportunities you have to win prizes and have an impact on the TAMU Community!

Prior Competitions

2018: TAMU Stormwater Survey

The What: GIS Day participants were asked to submit data in the form of photos of the TAMU stormwater drainage infrastructure using with their own personal cell phones through the Texas A&M GIS Day app.

The Why: The project team wanted to gather images of places on campus where stomrwater runoff and drainage infrastructure was or was not operating efficiently and as designed. These data will be used to develop a model of areas on campus that are prone to flooding and incorporate the data into the Aggiemap routing network to increase the reliability of trip planning during inclement weather for students, staff, faculty, and visitors on the TAMU campus.

The Who: TAMU Office of Mapping & Space Information, TAMU Geography, TAMU GeoInnovation Service Center.

2018: TAMU Sidewalk Challenge

The What: GIS Day participants were asked to submit data in the form of photos of any place on campus where a sidewalk was present using with their own personal cell phones through the Texas A&M GIS Day app.

The Why: The project team wanted to gather imeages of places on campus where sidewalks could be found. By identifying the type, location, and condition, these data will allow the generation of a model that can be incorporated into Aggiemap to increase the reliability of ADA accessible trip planning, providing trip routes with least resistance and hazards for users with vision or mobility impairments.

The Who: TAMU Division of Information Technology, TAMU Geography, TAMU GeoInnovation Service Center.

2017: TAMU Building Bounty

The What: GIS Day participants were asked to submit data in the form of photos of the exterior of TAMU structures using with their own personal cell phones through the Texas A&M GIS Day app.

The Why: The project team wanted to gather images of the exterior of all structures on the TAMU campus including buildings, greenhouses, water towers, and any/all other structures that reside on our beautiful campus in order to use Structure From Motion (SFM) techniques to develop a 3D textured model of the TAMU Campus.

The Who: TAMU Geography, TAMU GeoInnovation Service Center.

The Impact: Resulted in the development of a 3D Aggiemap - Coming Soon!

2016: Aggie Accessibility

The What: GIS Day participants were asked to submit data in the form of photos of accessible and inaccessible features of campus using with their own personal cell phones through the Texas A&M GIS Day app.

The Why: The project team wanted to locate, document, and assess features of the Texas A&M campus that make our university grounds and facilities accessible (or inaccessible) in order to determine the best plan for improving accessibility on the TAMU campus.

The Who: TAMU Geography, TAMU GeoInnovation Service Center, TAMU Disabilities Services, TAMU Office of Mapping and Space Information, TAMU Transportation Services.

The Impact: Resulted in the development of a routing service for those with mobility limitations on AggieMap!

2015: Manhole Mapping

The What: GIS Day participants were asked to submit data in the form of photos of all manholes and handholds on the TAMU campus using with their own personal cell phones through the Texas A&M GIS Day app.

The Why:The project team wanted to assist TAMU IT with the locating, documenting, and assessment of the underground fiber optic network of the Texas A&M campus.

The Who: TAMU Geography, TAMU GeoInnovation Service Center, TAMU IT.

The Impact: Resulted in the identification and location of the TAMU fiber network!

Submit a Competition Idea

The Texas A&M GIS Day committee is always seeking great ideas for how we can mobilize the TAMU community to collect data on important topics that improve the experiences and operation for the Aggie Community.

Do you need data about or for the TAMU campus or community?

Do you wish you could have 1,000 students collect it for you?

If you have an idea for a project, we want to hear about it!

Contact daniel.goldberg@tamu.edu to see about getting your project on the schedule for future events.