#mapyourwaste How do we engage our community better?[Road map]


Every organisation needs a project that binds it together as work with a common goal is the only way to keep a community alive. While there have been projects in the past like the VTU lab manual project, Project Rasi and others, the #mapyourwaste project is currently being officially promoted by FSMK as a means to engage the FSMK community. This, however, does not mean that the previous projects have been closed but rather that they have either reached a level of maturity or not a priority at present.

The waste generated by human beings has a cascading effect on the quality of life of the residents of a locality if not disposed properly. There are cases where public toilets are not kept clean or in many cases where there are no public toilets for women [1]. There are reports which show a correlation between the lack of toilets and women’s health and possibility of rapes[2][3]. There are also cases where unattended garbage remains in a particular location for extended periods without attention from civic authorities.

The #mapyourwaste project is a niche project which attempts to collect data through crowd-sourcing and allow easy access to individual and agencies which would like to leverage this data to improve the community. This data has the potential to convert ordinary citizens into activists through its very nature.
Some technical resources are available at [4]

Some resources:
[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIhp5i5ebkY
[2] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-22460871


[3] http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/aug/28/toilets-india-health-rural-women-safety
[4] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/India/Events/Map_your_waste


We need a page/document that notes the steps one has to follow to effectively participate in the #mapyourwaste campaign.
The instructions would include how to download and use OSM Tracker or Mapillary app, how to upload the data to OSM databases and how to engage with other people to get them onboard.
That should really speed things up as people will need a call to action to respond to. Do


We need to find a way to convince people that taking this initiative is worth it.


Yes, we go down to the people who are affected by this problem and get them to contribute. But for this to work, we first need a set of tools that are easy to use. This will have to be designed. We may also need to create some basic data that willl serve as example


The Map Your Waste initiative will need its own website (something similar to vrukhsa.com) explaining the purpose of the initiative, and visualizing the collected manhole data in some way.


Tools such as? We’re right now relying on OSM apps. Are you saying we should develop our own system?


I think @arunisaac can elaborate on this better and even post his design specifications here for easy access.


That is already there in the reference link [4]. But as @arunisaac suggested, it may be better to have some coordinated approach within the FSMK documentation for this activity

@arunisaac Can you post the entire design spec that you had created with the visuals and all… thanks


Why do we need a separate #mapyourwaste client app? Why is OSMTracker not good enough?

The #mapyourwaste app should show current location and status of manholes and garbage dumps. If a manhole is fixed, an user should be able to update its status right away using the app itself. This kind of functionality is outside the scope of the OSMTracker app.

Only the manhole location data goes into OSM. Overlay data (such as manhole status) should be maintained on our own #mapyourwaste server. The #mapyourwaste app should be able to download this overlay data from our server, overlay it on an OSM map, and present it to the user. This kind of functionality, is again, outside the scope of the OSMTracker app.


From observations of students who did use it during the pilots and taking their feedback, no. They found the process and tools very cumbersome. We want a tool that is accessible for ordinary people to use which means that it needs to be based on the design principles listed in this paper https://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/CST/Papers/designprinciples.pdf @Rahulkondi @kishangupta @abhi12ravi read this paper

The problem with most FOSS projects is that they are badly designed which leads to disuse and we need to fix it. While we cannot fix the foss world, we can create a few tools which can act as good examples of well designed human-computer interfaces.


Any tool designed for people to use must be created via participatory design if it has to be successful. The idea is that if we elicit the requirements from the end-users through a well-designed method then there is a high probability for adoption and assimilation of that tool.

Some related papers are:
[1] Participatory Research Methods: A Methodological Approach in Motion http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1801
[2] The Methodology of Participatory Design https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/bitstream/handle/2152/28277/SpinuzziTheMethodologyOfParticipatoryDesign.pdf?sequence=2
[3] A Framework for Organizing the Tools and Techniques of Participatory Design http://filer.tempos.dk/81/FrameworkFinal.pdf


Following is the system architecture proposal I wrote earlier. Please comment, discuss and debate.

Manhole/toilets/waste basket/waste disposal location data should go to OSM.

Problems with manholes, garbage dumps, and other “bug reports” should go to our own database. This information will be displayed as an overlay on our mapyourwaste website.

On the client side, we need a customized version of OSMTracker. The required features for this app are as follows:

  • custom layout for map your waste must be built into the app as the default layout

  • the custom layout should have buttons for “manhole bug reporting” (damaged, overflowing, etc)

  • an upload feature that will upload the manhole status information to the mapyourwaste server

  • actually marking new manholes on OSM is best done manually with a laptop – not automatically through the app.

  • a visualization feature that will show all manholes in the area along with their current status. If the manholes are damaged, then the time since the problem was reported should be indicated.


@arunisaac Can you add some visual mockups of the expected design?


A visual mockup of the server-client set up.


Did vincentvikram mean UI layout instead?


yup :slight_smile: ^ @arunisaac (20 more characters needed for post to be approved)


I am not much of an UI designer. I have no idea how I would give you a visual mockup of the UI without actually implementing it. Perhaps, someone like @rahulkondi would be better up to the task. I am always available here for comment.


Oh. Sure. I’ll draw something and post if I find time. :smile:


To tackle issues for our project and info, spending an hour here, at this session ,would give anyone interested a chance to get the info they need and connect with some genuine people who could be of great help in the future

What session?
A SWM Master Trainer program is being conducted at Malleshawaram tom June 25th,Saturday.
(Solid Waste Management)
The very-active Bangalore Waste Management network is helping BBMP in recruiting volunteers at Ward levels.

I volunteered for ward closest to my office and home so that i can see what changes can be brought about thanks to the info,tech & resources i have access to.

Why go?

  • they are arming common citizens with info to tackle issues that come up in our locality/households/Organisation.
    <regarding the infrastructure & Bangalore’s recyling managers/Waste collectors,Current recycling and waste management activity>

  • Blore Network= (SWMRT , Padmashree School of Public Health)
    These people are having really good conversations,good indights to share THE go-to people to navigate any issues regarding Bangalore SWM.
    Good network to know!
    I would encourage you to speak to atleast one person on this link <swmrt.com/who-we-are.html>

  • The booklets given out on the KA plastic Ban and the presentation is precise, collaborative & relevant to every bangalore citizen

OpenStreet Map >> /#map=19/13.00638/77.57524

IPP Centre Malleswaram (Next to BBMP Revenue Office), Chowdiah Memorial Hall Road, 16th Cross, Malleswaram

Info that will be shared tom >>
PPT #1 >>https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_4jfRaSkY4LVm1BSHZQYnlvbzZ5dXlJZENnQ0JjSGk4amM4/view?usp=sharing

the people who presented had 30 years of work experience and insights to offer about these issues!
Feel free to drop by!
let me know what you guys think too!