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Improving Recreational Boating Experience Through Crowdsourcing 

06-26-2018 03:53 PM

SOBOS is an iOS and Android mobile app, providing information about normal, non-accident based recreational boaters designed to mitigate recreational boating accidents. SOBOS asks recreational boat operators to fill out a short survey that permits them to select a span of their next excursion to be tracked on the water. Both the anonymous survey and anonymous on-water data points are then linked to each on-water waypoint.

The goal of this project is to test the efficacy of crowdsourcing this data as an evidence-based public health approach to reducing boating accidents.

Dr.  Ernie Marshburn explains how state boating programs can help promote this project to their boaters.

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