Methods to collect data in the project
There are three methods to collect data in the BIG project:
1. Digital maps
This is a collection of digital maps of the physical environment of Gävle. Together with the department of Geospatial Sciences, the BIG project will produce, combine, and cross-analyze a multitude of GIS maps about the landscape of Gävle. This will include maps about the urban infrastructure (e.g., walkability, cyclability, and access to primary health care) as well as maps about the green infrastructure (map of trees, levels of biodiversity, ecological connectivity).
People living in Gävle will be able to use the app MyGävle. Using the GPS sensor of the smartphone, MyGävle will collect data on where and when participants interact with the city of Gävle. At the same time, MyGävle provides participants with possibility to highlight positive and negative experiences that shape their everyday life. At the beginning of every season, the impact of such experiences will be analyzed regarding to people’s perception of health and wellbeing, life satisfaction, social cohesion, and connection with nature.
3. Garmin Vivosmart 4
Garmin Vivosmart 4 will allow researchers to collect biometric data about participants (e.g., calories burnt, heart rate variability). In combination with MyGävle, the BIG project will be able to understand how a specific location in time with its geography and climate has influenced people’s personal or social health. Over time, this is crucial information to ensure that the living landscape of Gävle is safe and healthy for its population.