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Andrea Arzaba
Student / Blogger (Mexico City)

Andrea Arzaba defines herself as a “journalist, peace activist, indigenous cultures lover and an eager world traveller”. Currently, blogger for Global Voices Online and for Adopt A Negotiator Project. Andrea is studying her BA in Communications at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She studied last year at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

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Technology: The Water App!

Published 07th February 2011 - 9 comments - 3219 views -

Spread the word! Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables users to monitor the special case of your local watershed - area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place.

 

This application allows you to report the situation of the creek in your community. Just as Kevin Winterfield, from starterplanet.com, blogged:

"With IBM’s Creek Watch iPhone app, members of the community can easily become ‘citizen scientists,’ and in 4 easy steps, make a difference: snap a photo, and select the water level, the water flow and the amount of trash nearby. The app provides three easy buttons to choose from as indicators, and even gives you explanations of each."

The data submitted by these "citizen scientists" helps environmental groups and agencies manage water resources and plan environmentally friendly programs that might help solve the problems. Another benefit would be raising awareness of the issue among locals.

This is when we say: TECH is AWESOME! If you have an iPhone try it out, and let us know about your own experience

TH!NK ABOUT IT!


(Andrea Arzaba, February 2011)

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Sources:

asmarterplanet.com
water.epa.gov

creekwatch.researchlabs.ibm.com/

Picture:

asmarterplanet.com


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Comments

  • Hussam Hussein on 08th February 2011:

    Andrea, that’s amazing! I’m not an expert in the IPhone appl, but that seem amazing! Great!


  • Sylwia Presley on 08th February 2011:

    How does it work in terms of maps - is it Google maps based? Really good idea, btw…


  • Andrea Arzaba on 08th February 2011:

    I believe it is! Do you have an iPhone so you could try it out? :)


  • Sylwia Presley on 09th February 2011:

    Just checked it now - yes, it’s based on Google maps.


  • Andrea Arzaba on 09th February 2011:

    Great! Any review you’d like to give us? :D


  • Sylwia Presley on 13th February 2011:

    It works in the UK too, but after testing it I cannot really see many reports here…

    Syl


  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 13th February 2011:

    Oh, very nice…


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