SERVIR-Amazonia teams who co-develop geospatial services have the incredible opportunity to receive support from NASA-funded Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). This year the need was to improve the user interface design to make geospatial applications more user friendly, and by now, the SMEs already contributed with advice to improve:

  • RAMI, the Gold Mining Monitoring app already in use in the Peruvian Amazon,
  • TerraOnTrack, a service that allows traditional communities and indigenous people to quickly identify potential threats to their territories and monitor illegal activities on the ground.
  • The Amazon Dashboard which tracks individual fires in the Amazon region using a new approach to cluster and classify active fire detections by fire type.

Most recently, the SMEs built capacity of Hub members to streamline the design, creation, and maintenance of apps. On November 8 and 9, 2021, some 20 technical experts from the SERVIR-Amazonia consortium participated in a workshop focused on improving the user interface and user experience (UI/UX) of applications through tools such as Mapbox Studio. In addition to answering questions such as, “what is tiling and why is it important?”instructors provided live demonstrations of how to customize data visualization in maps using JavaScript within Mapbox Studio.

This two day workshop was the culmination of SERVIR-Amazonia’s UI/UX collaboration with a cohort of SMEs from the organization Development Seed who worked over the past few months with the Program to review and implement design changes of applications with the aim to increase their use and impact. At the conclusion of the event, several workshop participants expressed interest in incorporating Mapbox Studio into their future service developments. 

Mapbox Trainers

Megan Danielson and Mikel Maron