Support Video Playlist
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Getting Started & Taking Photos
Video 1 Transcript:
Hello, and welcome to this four part video series going over all the things that you can do as a user of Litterati.
If you’re watching this video, there’s a good chance you’ve already created an account, logged in, interact with the app a little bit. And if that’s the case, if you feel pretty good on the core parts of creating account, taking a photo, and using the core action of the app, you can skip to the second, third or fourth video in the series, whichever one is most relevant to what you’re looking for.
The second video shows you how our AI and our machine learning works to be able to take your photos, analyze them, and provide tag suggestions for you and how our data system works for you to be able to then use that data to create change to be able to roll others to join your challenge, which is the third video is about joining and participating in and sharing your challenges with others. And the fourth video is about the literati dashboard, which is a web based application, it’s a tool that you log into through your laptop or your iPad. You can also do it on your phone, but it’s made for a desktop experience. And that will help you see your data visualized, and measured and mapped. And it’s a really interesting way to start interacting deeper with the data, the better that you pick up.
If you have their code, hit enter code, and you’ll be prompted to put the code in. And if you don’t, you will do continue without a code. And so if you enter a code, you will just get a message that says congratulations, welcome. you’ve joined the name of the challenge, and then it will take you into the same experience of what we’re gonna see right now when I hit continue without a car.
The application will create your account and it will take you directly into the camera. And so here we tell you a little bit about what each of the buttons in the camera screen does. And that as soon as you tap anywhere, you’re ready to take photos of one. So here we’ll take a photo of a couple of cigarette butts. And then I can keep going and keep on picking up more litter in the area where there is you’ll see the counter the number counter and the top right of this circle that shows you the pictures that you’ve taken in the bottom left of the screen.
You can keep going if you want it and whenever you are satisfied, you can hit the bottom right button to upload the lit. So here now the photos are uploading and in just a moment depending on the strength of your internet connection, it will take a few moments to analyze after uploading.
If this is your first time under a new account, you will be asked if you want to create and claim your account. And the reason why you would want to do this is so that you can keep a record of all of the litter that you’ve picked up, you will be able to create challenges, and you will have access to the dashboard. With the dashboard, you log into that with the very same account details that you would log into the app with, whether it’s through Facebook or through an email.
If you claim your account now, it’ll take you in and you could sign up with Facebook or you’d sign up for your email and just set up the basics of your username and getting set up. In the meantime, the anonymous profile you’re given has two words. First is a color and then the second is a noun. A description of someone. So in this case, it’s a blue environmentalist, we’ve had red litter pickers, yellow Earth heroes. And there’s a whole handful of different names and colors that could come up. So anytime that you’re ready, you can claim your account and register it. And you’ll have those benefits mentioned above.
You are now free to explore the app and see a little bit of the data that we’ve collected so far as a community challenges that are available nearby, and the overall activity of the community. So from there, the next step would be looking at the gallery and looking at tagging photos to be able to attach data to the letter that you picked up. And we’ll cover that in the next video.
Data, AI, Tagging, & Gallery
Video 2 Transcript:
When the first video ended, we were about to go into the gallery and show you how tagging and our AI works.
Let’s go into one of the photos and we’ll see the LitterAI have suggestions for recommend tags. We can see the suggested tags and know that the AI and ML are always learning.
In this case we see the tag “plastic”. That is the material. If the suggestions are off or if you don’t see suggestions that fit, you can manually type in whatever tags you want. The brand on this one is basic.
Ideally, the best practice is to have three tags, one that describes the material, one that describes the object and one that describes the brand.
In this case, the object is the pen, the material is plastic and the brand is Bic. Of course not everything you pick up is immediately identifiable as to what it is or what it’s made of whether there is a brand on it, if there ever was one or if it is visible.
That is the tagging experience. And so we can see in this next case that it does look like metal, but again, it’s a pen. And the last one is a Uniball. So suggested tags will come in based on what you type in. So if I were to type in McDonald’s, it would start guessing it and you can easily add tags. When you tap a tag, you’ll see it turn blue and that’s how you know it’s been applied.
You can remove tags that have been put on potentially in error, or for things need to get updated. So you can always look at the tag of an image, you can see the location you picked it up at, and you can delete it as well.
That is how the AI and the tagging works. In the fourth video when we look at the dashboard, you’ll see how your data starts looking in aggregate and you can see how many of each type of tag you have for picked up litter. You’ll be able to see in detail visualized data showing you what you picked up in what quantity and it will also have a full map that you can work around on a computer and have a little bit more space than on your mobile phone.
So that’s it for tagging. It is how to utilize the machine learning and how to start building the set of data that you will be able to see for yourself to take action, make an impact influence others and and start creating changes that you want to see in your community as well as in the world.
Creating and Sharing Challenges
Video 3 Transcript:
This third video is going over how to create and share a challenge.
You must have an account registered to be able to create a challenge as this is only a feature that’s available for registered users. If you’ve claimed and registered your account, let’s go into the Challenges tab.
From this tab, you can always join other people’s challenges by browsing through or by entering a challenge code. To create your own challenge though, you must register your account, which we walked through in the first video in this series.
If there is a company or organization who has a challenge that you want to contribute to, maybe a worldwide one, you can connect your challenge to the global challenge.
In most cases though, you’re going to go with the top option to start a regular challenge. You can give your challenge the title that you want it to have then select the theme, the color that people see it in.
Add a mission statement, just a little bit about what it is that you want to accomplish. Create the quantity of litter that is the goal and you can select from a map the geographical boundaries taht you want your challenge to be active for. And then you choose the dates you want your challenge to run for.
Note that for right now, there is no ability to edit or to delete challenges and that users are only able to have one active challenge at a time so be sure with what you create because the challenge is going to last until the date that you choose. We will soon have the ability to edit a challenges or you can also look at our website at the Become A Partner page to look at our inspire and our impact accounts, which can create multiple challenges and not be limited to one.
Once you create your challenge, you preview it to confirm all of the information. If there’s anything you want to change, you can hit the back button. But if it looks good, you can launch the challenge and then it’ll appear and the your challenges.
If you go and view your challenge, you will be able to see that there is an automatically made Challenge Code for you, which you can share with this blue icon on the right. Or you can create your own code. Your custom code has to be unique, which means it can’t be claimed by another challenge. The app will tell you if your attempted code already exists. Just note that you can only create one custom code and there’s currently no way to edit or delete them once created. And once you enter it, it’s final. So take care to enter the code that you want.
You can use either the automatically generated code, or you can use your custom code and share it. The share button will allow you to share it through social media through different messaging platforms and through text message. Whatever way is easiest and best for you to reach the people that you want to join you can easily reach them to get them to join. And then they’ll end up going to go through the same join & onboard process we went over in the first video.
If you skipped through the first video, it might be worth watching to be able to accurately enroll others and articulate with them what they’re going to do, how it works, and what’s happening when they receive this message from you being invited to join your challenge and to reach the goal.
This share function can help you bring more people on, to do more good, and to empower us all. As the network grows, and there’s more people active, we all have access to a growing pool of open data. This means that everyone worldwide who’s interested and has the motivation to to make an impact (whether in their local area or worldwide), is able to access this data and and do something with it.
So the more people who are online, the more powerful we all become into our ability to make an impact and affect change and and to just continue moving our world towards a place of taking care of the environment. So that is how you create challenges and that is the way to share them with with others.
Free Litter Analytics Dashboard
Video 4 Transcript:
This video shows you how to access and use the Litterati dashboard. While you can access this on your phone, it’s a better experience on a laptop or desktop.
If you created your account with Facebook, you can just do the one click login with Facebook and get in. Otherwise use the same username and password that you use to access your mobile app to log into your dashboard.
Once you log in, you will see a screen that looks more like this. This is my individual profile. And you can see I picked up these pieces of litter starting in late March. And here you’ll only see data for yourself if you have an individual free Litterati account.
It’ll show you donut charts of the top things that you’ve picked up. So most people are interested to see brands and what you’ll see here in blue is going to be tags that you You have created and applied to photos yourself, which is optional. And then the yellow is the machine generated. So we have an AI machine learning that will analyze your litter photos. Currently it knows a handful of brands, it knows a good deal of materials, and it knows a handful of objects.
Our Tag Manager will decide the category that the litter belongs to within our taxonomy of COMB: Category, Object, Material and Brand.
You’ll also see a map on the bottom where you can see where you picked up litter. It’s an interesting thing to see if you travel around and use the app in different states or countries. You can also see challenges that you have created. And so we’ll just look at this one example. Again, the data is going to be the same as my individual data because I made this as a very small radius challenge as an example here.
While we’re here, I’ll show you that the Segments feature that is available for if you have a citizen science account or if you have an impact partner account. Here you can see the map of the route that I took, the number of pieces that I picked up, the amount of time it took, how far was traveled, and then you will get the donut charts for the data from the Segment.
Obviously, the more that you tag, the more interesting the data will be as we continue to teach our machine to understand more brands and get more accurate with the ones that it’s already starting to be trained on. And so this is something we’re continuously investing in and improving upon.
Back to what you can do with the free account, you can generate custom reports from your data.
So if you ever want to share your data with a corporation or your city or local government, or with other litter pickers and be able to pool your data together, you can.
Also know that there’s our Open Data tool where you can pull data from the entire Litterati community worldwide, it’s all available for you.
Fill out what you want to get from the report.
If you just hit Generate Report without filling out anything, you’ll get all of your data. In this case, because there are no filters put in place, you’ll get all the data. You’ll see here the number of pieces that you picked up and it’ll tell you all the information that’s associated with each litter. There’s the Litter ID, the challenges that the piece of litter was part of, the tags that were applied, and the date.
If you want to narrow down and say, for example, you only want to see things from a particular challenge or only certain tags or from within a certain geographical location, you can implement those narrowing filters. You can also do it by date.
That is the overview of the Dashboard. We’re excited to continue iterating & improving on these tools, and we’re always open to hearing your feedback for what you would like to see. You can email us anytime at support [at] litterati.org
Alright, thanks for watching the series. I hope that you are starting to see what you can do with Litterati and and we’re excited to have you be a part of the community as we continue to grow and continue to do more for how the world manages its litter and its waste.