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Non-Profit Project Applications

Summer 2013

Citizen Weed Warriors
Anchorage Park Foundation

Invasive species are considered one of the top threats to global species diversity after habitat loss. This proposed Citizen Weed Warriors smartphone app will empower local residents to assist land managers in controlling ecologically harmful invasive plants on public lands in the Anchorage area. The CWW app will use geospatial location data for select invasive plants on public lands from the Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC) database (part of UAA’s Alaska Natural Heritage Program, AKNHP)


App users will search locations (current location, address, local park, or feature) and a map with icons for known invasive weed infestations will pop up. The patch icons will graphically show if the patch is up for adoption, partially adopted, or already taken. Once they click on an infestation, they will learn what species are present and can click on each species for a short species biography (pictures, identification info and control techniques). If they like, they can chose to adopt an available patch and agree to help remove invasive weeds from that park or portion of trail. The Anchorage Park Foundation’s Invasive Plant Program will provide logistic and info support as needed, post an adopt-a-patch sign (perhaps with a QR code for more info about invasive plants and the CWW app), and follow up to collect data on invasive species control efforts. Ideally the app will ask them to submit info they found at the site (i.e., number of weeds) and then report what they did (I.e., hand pulled 151-500 stems of nasty species x, etc.) App users can also take a photo of an unknown invasive plant and submit this to AKNHP and/or UAF Cooperative Extension Service for help with identification.

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  Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Out North Mailing and Donors Database
Out North Contemporary Art House

We have purchased a cloud database (Caspio) and need assistance creating fields and merging our old data (now in Excel). We currently have five different lists that all need to be merged. We currently have no means of tracking our donors/donations. Additionally, we legally need to track where we get our subscribers and that we have their permission to send them emails; currently all of the emails (appx 3,000) we currently send updates to have been gathered in no organized fashion for the past 15 years.

Social/Interactive Accessibility Map
Access Alaska, Inc.

We propose the creation of an user generated mobile "Yelp" or "Foursquare" of accessible accommodations, transportation, restaurants, places, activities and restrooms in Alaska.

This could be used to provide extra information to other popular services as well.

Facebook/Google/Foursquare integration would be ideal for ease of adoption.

Fishery/Maritime Interactive Mapping
North Pacific Fishery Management Council

We would like an interactive map of Alaska and coastal Washington and Oregon that shows filterable criteria and will place vessels, home ports, target fisheries, gear type and fleet "membership."

Additionally, it would be great if vessel owners can add information that we don't have - such as crewmembers, info about the vessel, photos, etc.

A larger vision would be to add processors in the areas, with links to their employment sites, or linking to the alaska jobs site for fishing/processing: http://jobs.alaska.gov/seafood/processing.html; and http://jobs.alaska.gov/seafood/fishing.html. Something like where the processors can add their employment info (as well as all the other above information) - an example of an employment site by type of job http://mappedinny.com/

Anchorage Food Mosaic

We propose the development of a web-based and/or smart phone application that allows users to input data underneath specified topics and subsequently allows other users to search, select, and be connected to further details on this data. In other words, we envision a Craigslist for food, or a place for people to share and take information for further food related community engagement.

Users sign in/access the site. Users may choose to search categories such as materials, appliances, and resources; land and harvesting opportunities; public activities, educational sessions, and events; skills; etc. Other users will have inputted data, for example, that they have a small backyard that they would love to grow a garden in but do not know how or have the time. They use the application in efforts to look for someone to teach them to garden or to essentially just garden their yard for them (i.e. this could be an opportunity for someone who lives in an apartment building and does not have access to a place to grow food). Another example is that of someone who is looking to learn how to dip-net, wanting to connect with an experienced dip-netter who is looking for a partner for their fishing excursion. Again, more examples include someone who has food processing materials and skills and is willing to donate or rent these to others (food saver equipment, beer making equipment, canning knowledge, extra chest freezer storage, etc.), or someone who is interested in Alaska agricultural policy who is able to connect with informational resources about current news and events that relate to labor rights, land trusts, food policy, etc. through the application.

The application should be simple and clear. Basic categories are outlined and the details within them are connected to a search function. The search function consists of options such as keyword and zip code searches. A general format exists for users who are inputting data so that consistency remains throughout the entire application. Users could have profiles that track the data they have been connected to and the data they have inputted into the system. Profiles could give the option of users providing recommendations on previous connections made, as well as personal profile basics (name, interests, contact information).

Mountain View: Past and Present
Anchorage Community Land Trust

Mountain View is one of Anchorage's oldest neighborhoods, and in recent years has begun the process of transforming itself from a stigmatized neighborhood into a vibrant community of first choice.

We would like to create a mobile app and accompanying website that gives a view of Mountain View's past and demonstrates the strides towards revitalization that the community has made in the last decade. Using a collection of pictures taken in the 1940s, '50s, '60s, and 70's, the application will create a 'before and after' picture of Mountain View. There will be QR codes posted on buildings for which we have historic pictures, and when scanned the mobile application will bring up a 'before' picture of the building in question. Users will be able to comment, take pictures next to, and 'like' the sites, and to share these interactions with their social media networks. The website will operate similarly, but instead of being activated by QR codes, will have side-by-side 'before and after' pictures. The website will also allow viewers to submit their own pictures of either included or new sites, and will allow for the collective creation of a repository of old pictures of Mountain View. Both the application and the website will have a list of the included sites, which users will be able to access remotely. The pictures, both on the app and on the website, will contain information about the past state of the building, and about the revitalization efforts.

We hope this application will make apparent the great strides that Mountain View has made towards becoming a community of first choice in Anchorage. Long-time residents will be able to re-engage with the Mountain View of bygone years and reminisce about old hangouts, while those who are newly arrived to the area will be able to see first-hand the changes in the neighborhood. By making visible the new buildings, businesses, and institutions in the area, this project will create an identity for Mountain View based around the positive changes in the neighborhood, rather than the stigmas of the past.