More than 270 student Challengers will collaboratively collect environmental data in selected parks with provided sensors. Challengers will learn to interpret, analyse and visualise these data spatially using GIS skillsets and tools and create illustrative webmaps to present their findings.
Q1. What is the expected outcome of the competition entry to be submitted for judging?
GeoWorks to be submitted for judging must be showcased Online (refer to Section 7 of Rules & Regulations) for judging. Here are some examples of what SGC is expecting as outcome (depending on your level Categorisation i.e. Secondary, Tertiary etc.) from this Challenge:
a) Describe your ideas/ findings/ solutions via a webmap application;
b) Describe your ideas/ findings/ solutions via an interactive webmap; and/ or
c) Describe your ideas/ findings/ solutions via a data visualisation webmap etc.
Q2. Is there a separate category for GIS Application this year for SGC2015?
No. GIS Analysis and GIS Application are both accepted as part of the GeoWorks final submission under the same category. Challengers should take note of the judging criteria (refer to Section 8a of Rules & Regulations) above regardless of whether they are interested to showcase GIS Analysis or GIS Application or both.
Q3. Can I use other sources of data or my own sensors other than those provided by SGC?
Yes. You are free to use any other data sources or sensors you have for the Challenge. It is not required for you to share the data collected with your own sensors but you are encouraged to do so.
Q4. Can I choose to use other platforms other than ArcGIS online for the challenge?
Yes. You are free to use other platforms including desktop GIS software for the challenge. You are free to download the sensor environmental data and other publicly available datasets from e.g. www.onemap.sg, www.data.gov.sg, www.wunderground.com (historical weather data) etc.
For SLA Geodata such as Roads, Buildings etc., you can write to Jamilah_SHAMSUL@sla.gov.sg
SGC2015 GeoSense data collection fieldwork aims to promote experiential through a collaborative effort of Crowdsourcing and Crowdmapping by the Challengers as a cohort. Challengers should not lose focus to finalise their impactful and innovative ideas/ findings/ solutions and present the competition works/ entries online.
Q5. What is the purpose of including crowdsourcing as a component in SGC2015?
The reality of geodata collection, cleaning and consolidation is tedious and cumbersome as experience by many governments/ companies working on and using such data. Crowdsourcing is often used to subdivide tedious work and has occurred successfully online and offline or both. It combines the efforts of numerous groups/ individuals e.g. volunteers/ part-time workers etc., where each contributor of their own initiative adds a small portion to the greater result. As our gadgets gets smarter, the trending of crowdsourcing is here to stay, and SGC hope for students to learn about the challenges while working to crowdsource and crowdmap as a cohort.
(You may wish to refer to some historical records of offline crowdsourcing here)
Q6. What are the objectives/ learning journey to expect via SGC2015 GeoSense crowdsourcing exercise?
SGC promotes experiential learning. We hope this year, through GeoSense fieldwork for data collection, students will gain insights into the empowerment of crowdsourcing and its role in people engagement; and at the same time observe the reality of crowdsourcing and understanding its power and also limitations.
Q7. Is there a minimum amount of data each team should collect and what happens if my team did not meet them?
Yes. Each team are to collect at least 12 hours’ worth of data in an allocated park. Teams that failed to collect the required amount may be penalised with demerit points to their final score.
Q8. Will there be additional points awarded for extra effort made to collect data?
Teams that collect above the benchmark of 12 hours will not be awarded more points. However if teams can address their Challenge Statements better by collecting additional data or at other parks, they are encouraged to so.
Q9. Can I choose the park in which my team would like to collect data from?
For the challenge, we would allocate either Bishan-AMK Park or Pasir Ris Park for each team to collect their data from. We would take into consideration your preference in allocating the parks but the final decision lies with us.
Q10. I am a teacher and I am concerned about the safety of my students when they are out collecting data in the parks. Are there any safety guidelines or precautions you will be giving to the students?
Yes. SGC will be publishing a set of Safety in Parks guidelines after consulting with our partner, NParks. Challengers should observe such guidelines while doing their data collection in the parks.