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Challenge <p> DataApp: A Mobile App Framework for Field Data Capture – Stage 1</p>

DataApp: A Mobile App Framework for Field Data Capture – Stage 1

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 167
Posted: May 23 2017
Challenge ID: 9933881
 
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Abstract

Data collection and capture are fundamental to water and environmental science and management. Scientists, engineers, and technicians are increasingly using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to capture data in the field. Numerous apps are available to support general data collection, however existing apps do not provide the functionality and flexibility needed to support the broad range of water and environmental monitoring needs. More importantly, these existing apps do not support the development and sharing of new features and functions by individual users and communities of practice.

The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, is seeking development of an application (app) framework to support electronic data collection and capture using mobile devices across a diverse range of data collection situations. The app framework should be flexible, extensible, and open source to enable future improvement and development of added features by a community of app developers and users.

This Ideation Challenge is Stage 1 of a planned three-stage Challenge. This Ideation stage asks for ideas focusing on identifying robust and efficient software architecture concepts and software technologies for development of the desired app framework.

Challenge Orientation Video

Subject matter experts from Reclamation and the USGS discuss the need for improved software to support field data collection and capture on mobile devices in this short video: https://youtu.be/FLF9TMyU_rs

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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Eligibility Requirements

This Challenge is being conducted by the Seeker under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended, which states that cash prize purse awards for this prize competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before cash prize purses are awarded. 

However, submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or U.S. entities and are eligible to receive non-cash prize awards, if any.  Meritorious submissions from non-U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and entities will also be recognized in publications issued by the Seeker announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases.  Non-U.S citizens/permanent residents or non-U.S entities can also be included on U.S. teams.  However, cash prize purses will only be awarded to persons and entities eligible to receive cash prize purses under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended.

Full eligibility details and other restrictions are detailed in the Challenge Specific Agreement.

Overview

Data collection is fundamental to water and environmental science and management. Streamflows, reservoir elevations, and flows in canals and conduits, for example, are continuously monitored to support water management decisions ranging from real-time operations to long-term planning. Data are routinely collected to monitor infrastructure conditions and identify maintenance priorities, and a wide range of environmental data are collected to characterize habitat conditions, monitor fish and wildlife populations, and support ecosystem restoration programs.

Scientists, engineers, and technicians are increasingly using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to record measurements, document site locations via GPS, and take photos and notes in the field. Although numerous apps are already available to support general data collection on mobile devices, these existing apps do not provide the functionality and flexibility needed to support the broad range of current water and environmental monitoring needs. More importantly, these existing apps do not support the development, integration, and sharing of new and unique features and functions to meet the specialized needs of individual data collection scenarios and communities of practice.

The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is seeking development of an application (app) framework to support electronic field data collection and capture using mobile devices across a diverse range of data collection situations. Development of a flexible, extensible, and open source data collection app framework will facilitate the use of mobile devices for field data collection.  The use of mobile devices for field data collection, in turn, will help to standardize data collection practices across agencies and programs, improve data collection efficiency, lower data collection costs, and ultimately improve data quality, transparency, and dissemination for decision making and scientific discovery. Flexibility and extensibility will allow the use of tablets and smartphones across a broader range of data collection situations, whereas use of open source software will make it substantially easier for any given agency, program or data collection communities of practice to develop and share custom features to support agency-, program-, and community-specific protocols and standards for data collection, management, and sharing.

This Ideation Challenge is Stage 1 of a planned three-stage Challenge. This Stage 1 Ideation Challenge asks for ideas focusing on identifying robust and efficient software architecture concepts and software technologies[1] for development of the desired app framework. Stage 2 is envisioned as an Ideation Challenge focusing on design of the desired app framework, including wireframe diagrams, Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams, and mock-ups; the anticipated total cash prize purse for the Stage 2 Ideation Challenge is $60,000. Stage 3 is envisioned as a Reduction-To-Practice Challenge and will seek a working prototype of the desired app framework; the anticipated total cash prize purse for the Stage 3 Reduction-to-Practice Challenge is $90,000. Results from this Stage 1 Ideation Challenge will inform the design of the Stage 2 Ideation Challenge, and results from the Stage 2 Ideation Challenge will subsequently inform the design of the Stage 3 Reduction-to-Practice Challenge. Submissions from Stage 1 may be made available to solvers in Stage 2, and submissions from Stage 2 may be made available to solvers in Stage 3. Participation in Stage 1 is not required for participation in later stages, and participation in Stage 2 is not required for participation in Stage 3.

Challenge Orientation Video

Subject matter experts from Reclamation and the USGS discuss the need for improved software to support field data collection and capture on mobile devices in this short video: https://youtu.be/FLF9TMyU_rs

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The cash prize purse award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $30,000, with at least one cash prize purse being no smaller than $5,000 and no cash prize purse being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.
  • UPON SUBMISSION OF A PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THIS CHALLENGE, EACH SOLVER GRANTS TO THE SEEKER A ROYALTY-FREE, PERPETUAL, IRREVOCABLE, NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE AND RIGHT TO USE, DISCLOSE, REPRODUCE, PREPARE DERIVATIVE WORKS, DISTRIBUTE COPIES TO THE PUBLIC, AND PERFORM PUBLICLY AND DISPLAY PUBLICLY, IN ANY MANNER AND FOR ANY PURPOSE, AND TO HAVE OR PERMIT OTHERS TO DO SO. NOTWITHSTANDING GRANTING THE SEEKER A PERPETUAL, NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE FOR THE PROPOSED SOLUTION, THE SOLVER RETAINS OWNERSHIP OF THE IDEA OR CONCEPT DEMONSTRATED BY THE PROPOSED SOLUTION.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 6, 2017. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

The Bureau of Reclamation is the Federal sponsoring agency and Seeker for this Challenge. Reclamation is an agency of the United States Federal Government with a mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public (www.usbr.gov). 

ABOUT OUR COLLABORATOR

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is an agency of the federal government with a mission to provide reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life (www.usgs.gov).

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[1] As used here, the term software technology is defined as “a general term covering the development methods, programming languages, and tools to support them that may be used in the development of software” (www.oxfordreference.com). 

 

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