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Sofia Eleni Spatharioti, Sara Wylie, & Seth Cooper. (2018). Identifying and Assessing Points of Interest through Crowdsourced Image Analysis. In Kees Boersma, & Brian Tomaszeski (Eds.), ISCRAM 2018 Conference Proceedings – 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (pp. 1123–1125). Rochester, NY (USA): Rochester Institute of Technology.
Abstract: During a natural disaster, major damages to critical structures such as bridges or power lines can severely disrupt community functions for long periods of time, making the task of swiftly identifying this type of damage vital for response and recovery. However, survey flight paths are often designed with a main focus of complete and quick coverage of affected areas through aerial photography, which is then assigned to volunteers to aid in damage report and labeling. We designed a crowdsourcing interface that focuses on locating points of interest and assessing damage using images from survey flights. We tested our design using a disaster and a non-disaster application by recruiting volunteers on Amazon Mechanical Turk. We found that the type of structure may cause difficulties for crowd workers in providing accurate assessments and that designing flights to also target structures may provide higher quality imagery for this type of task.