A Reusable & Reconfigurable Citizen Observatory Platform

Kennedy Kambona, Jesse Zaman, Wolfgang De Meuter

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The emergence of participatory sensing has led to a broad spectrum of supporting systems for environmental and behavioural monitoring using various mobile applications and sensors attached to mobile devices. Existing research in participatory sensing focuses on systems that are only applicable to their specific application domains, and have little support for reconfigurability. In this article we present FLAMENCO, a reusable and reconfigurable platform for deploying and monitoring collaborative participatory sensing projects. FLAMENCO is designed around the notion of citizen observatories to coordinate community-based participatory sensing activities. The platform employs the use of flow-based visual programming to provide a graphical interface for campaign organisers to design reusable application components. The platform further uses reactive programming techniques for data collection and reactive processing to provide real-time monitoring and automated orchestration. We validate the expressiveness and suitability of the citizen observatory platform by successfully designing, enacting and monitoring real-world participatory sensing campaigns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-208
Number of pages14
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • participatory sensing
  • citizen science
  • visual programming


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