Data and tech updates

December 2019 Updates 

After trialling the visitor counter sensors in Devonport Park, we re-deployed those counters to Plymouth Hoe with the help of community volunteers so we can gather data and understand the visitor numbers and movements around Plymouth Hoe. 

The data from Devonport Park and Central Park is now available on the Open Data Platform. 

The tree mapping we conducted in Central Park, with The DataPlace, Friends of Central Park and some volunteers form Calor has now been uploaded on to the Open Data Platform.

Due to the success of the mapping we are now going to conduct the mapping in Devonport Park on Ferry Field. This will map the current situation, location of the trees including species and condition which will support the design of a new planting scheme for 100 new trees in Devonport Park. 

 

Technology

StumpD Sensors 

Working with our tech partners, The Data Place, we created and trialled simple footfall counters into Devonport Park to get baseline quantitative user information including most used entrances / exits as well as high traffic areas of the park. 

We already have some footfall data for Central Park which is held on the Open Data Platform, which was collected in 2018. This data will be put together with the Devonport Park data we have collected. 

We are now about to place some more sensors on to Plymouth Hoe to gather data on our final pilot site for the project. All of this data will be available once downloaded and we will use this to identify and develop some interventions for those sites, working closely with our partners and local communities. 

 

 

Tree Mapping

The Data Place have created an app which enabled us to map trees in an area of Central Park with  volunteers from the Plymouth Tree Partnership in September 2019. The Data Place are working with the data to put it in a presentable format for public consumption. This app allows us to map location, species, comments and images of the trees. This data is available on the Open Data Platform for you to view. 

Data

Led by The Data Place, we released parks data onto our Open Data platform for a Dataplay event in November, which brings tech experts together with greenspace staff to collaborate and innovate. 

30 amount of people came together to answer a variety of scenario based questions, revealing key themes and ideas using data we already hold on the Open Data platform as well as what we might need to gather. 

The questions, key ideas, outcomes and potential tech interventions included:

Revealing hidden environmental/wildlife data Health and wellbeing Love parks/perception of park value
Using species lists so people know what is in a place Instagram moments - using this data to see places in park where people are going Night time - how to track how many people go through - counting bikes/people
Using social media to advertise the data Hello gnomes and Goodbye gnomes for visitor count  Motion tracking, mobility/routes
Personalisation of data - enable connections to be made  Using tech to track range of use of the park Live user feedback
Involving children , but how do we get beyond the screen Footfall data and playful ways to collect data Trip Advisor - rate and reviews of parks to gather qualitative data
The wider context - environmental relevance, the story of a species or a place Non intrusive ways of collecting data New data - police data could give info about how they use park
How people get involved in collecting data Voice response - good morning / welcome messages  How good is their experience of park? 
Low and hi-tech media types / phones and apps  Have a base in Park cafes to analyse how people using spaces User feedback that personifies the park E.g. The park has a twitter account that that tells how it is feeling