On 11th February 2016 Lara posted in Uncategorised
In December 2015 Mapping for Change launched a crowd funding campaign with the aim of raising money to enable local communities to monitor air quality in their areas
We are delighted to say that the project was a success in receiving enough pledges to support 6 local communities in undertaking air quality monitoring projects. Through the crowd funding campaign we have also successfully launched our Air Quality App for Android devices.
On 9th December 2015 Louise posted in Uncategorised
Last month we launched our crowdfunded Air Quality Monitoring initiative that will enable communities across the UK to collect evidence about air pollution in their local area. The campaign also seeks to build an equipment library of high grade sensors that can be loaned out to any community wanting to investigate the pollution levels in the neighbourhoods.
We are delighted to announce that we now have top-up, matched funding to help up to 40 communities in London – committed to monitoring nitrogen dioxide in early 2016 – reach the minimum £250 required at our sole discretion. This is fantastic news! We welcome the chance to work with communities both in London and across the country through this campaign.
It’s that time of year when courageous mappers embrace the cold and head out to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disability! Yesterday, Mapping for Change joined forces with Health and Social Care students from London South Bank University for a voyage of accessibility discovery around Waterloo.
Our Access the National Trails initiative has seen happy mappers across the country collect more than 4400 photographs, covering a staggering 23,000 metres of footpath! With more images uploaded every week, we hope to hit 25,000 metres by the end of the year.
On Tuesday morning, the Mapping for Change team dusted off their walking boots and hopped on a train to Yorkshire for the 2nd of our Access the National Trails mapping workshops.
On 21st September 2015 Hannah posted in Uncategorised
September weather averages defied all expectations last Friday as the sun shone down on the first Access the National Trails workshop in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. Our goal: to kick-start a national movement of volunteers keen to collect information about the accessibility of trails, using mobile phone applications.
Summer is coming to an end: the days are getting shorter, umbrellas are whizzing off the shelves, and small streams are forming alongside every pavement. What better time to contemplate walking in our beautiful natural landscapes?! The National Trails stretch across 2,500 miles of England and Wales, and they’re waiting to be enjoyed by everyone, whatever the weather. However, a lack of information about accessibility on the National Trails means that many people with limited mobility are unable to make the most of them, come rain or shine. We’re working with the National Trails and Walk Unlimited to promote walking for people with limited mobility, by collecting information about accessibility along the trails.
Sun, sea and busy dual carriageways: an update on our community engagement in Southend-on-Sea, for the interdisciplinary research project, Street Mobility and Network Accessibility.
On 19th June the MyAccessible.EU team from Mapping for Change teamed up with members from UCL ExCiteS research group, Ross Akin, an accessibility designer, Dr Catherine Holloway and Sarah Nicholson from UCL’s CEGE Dept., and users of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation Mobility Centre for a day long workshop. The idea was to co-design a mobile application that could enable users to identify and map barriers to accessibility within the urban realm using Sapelli; a mobile data collection and sharing platform designed with a particular focus on users with little or no prior ICT experience. Sapelli offers pictorial decision trees and icon-driven interfaces as opposed to the forms and check boxes traditionally used in many mobile apps.