Just went with what we do best -- forms and stuffs. We wanted to do this event as a fun past time to work together and help some fishes. :)
How it works
An iOS application that digitizes the current submission tool. Fishermen can fill this out if they have found an injured marine mammal in their net. The form will be cached and will sync up with existing google form made by the NOAA when connection is available (when they hit the land probably).
Challenges We ran into
Data won't sync up with google form, but we fixed it. Also staying up all night is challenging.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Made this app, met a lot of nice people, saw a bunch of interesting projects and had a fun time! :)
What I learned
Willie learned that he needs to code better. Evelyn learned a bit of coding from Willie.
What's next for mobile MMAP
Willie wants to take a nap. He has lot of editing and debugging to do. :( We are hoping to evolve this app into an open source project where everyone (including the NOAA) can contribute to the code or species picture library. Right now we are working with public domain pictures that are not very good for species identification, so hopefully we could add more instructional diagrams to highlight the identifiable features of the animal, or more close up pictures.
All photos used in this app are example photos for the purpose of prototyping and demonstration. 115- Harbor seal: Rachel Metz-Leland, NEFSC/NOAA, 100-Steller (northern) sea lion: Captain Budd Christman, NOAA Corps, 053- Common dolphin: Chris Melrose, NEFSC/NOAA, 068- Harbor porpoise: Rene at da.wikipedia, 011- Humpback whale: Todd Pusser, NEFSC/NOAA, 002- North Atlantic right whale: Peter Duley, NEFSC/NOAA, 114- Walrus: Mike Dunn, NC State Museum of Natural Sciences, NOAA/Department of Commerce, 135- Sea otter: NOAA/Department of Commerce, 139- Manatee: Ramos Keith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
We thank the people of Fishackathon Toronto 2015 for providing us the opportunity to work on something really exciting and fun. We thank BNOTIONS for providing the very essential space and food so that we can concentrate on hacking instead of worrying about our stomach. We also thank the BNOTIONS staff for lending us their working space, staying overnight, and providing generous support and feedback during the hackathon. Special thanks David Copplestone and Mary Kate Whibbs who dropped by and gave us much valued perspectives and feedback on the design of the app. We also thank NOAA representative Lisa White and her colleagues for providing the resources and feedbacks to help us improve this app. We also appreciated Professor Don Jackson for meeting with us and giving us pointers on how to present the app.