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Video-game vets offer peek at ‘Techpocalypse,’ based on real-world map data
document Crowdfunding

“As an independent studio we get to make games that, as gamers, we’ve always wanted to play ourselves,” said Joshua Olson, president of Anomaly Labs. “Kickstarter presents an opportunity to share...

Jayne AnnMar 03, 2012 05:39 am GMT1604 views
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Video-game vets offer peek at ‘Techpocalypse,’ based on real-world map data
Placing Literature maps book scenes in the real world
article Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Crowdsourcing is key to the project. "The goal is to gather as much data as we possibly can, get people to share it, and get people to start exploring their neighborhoods and their...

Samuel BennettJun 22, 2013 07:48 am GMT893 views
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Placing Literature maps book scenes in the real world
Crowdsourced Map Shows Real-World Cellphone Signal Strength
document 

OpenSingleMaps could become even more valuable if thousands of additional users download the Android app, voluntarily functioning as data acquisition units for the already large database (the...

Benjamin FosselFeb 13, 2011 07:04 am GMT3069 views
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Crowdsourced Map Shows Real-World Cellphone Signal Strength
Out of Africa: Analytics for a better world
document Distributed Knowledge

In Big Data, Big Impact: New Possibilities for International Development the authors discuss, among other things, the United Nations Global Pulse initiative to use crowdsourced data "for...

Jason RobbinsApr 19, 2012 12:42 pm GMT868 views
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Out of Africa: Analytics for a better world
Mapping a Shareable World
document 

Collecting unbiased data is a difficult if not impossible task, and any map will bear the partiality and intention of its creators at some level. Interactive maps can be used for empowering or...

Samuel BennettOct 14, 2011 11:53 am GMT2551 views
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Mapping a Shareable World
Waze (for iPhone)
document Distributed Knowledge

Waze connects you to other drivers automatically (and anonymously) in the background. The app then pools data from everyone and channels it into more efficient, time-saving routing algorithms...

Claire MackayMar 31, 2012 01:21 am GMT1017 views
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Waze (for iPhone)
Health Map
site Distributed Knowledge / Health and Wellbeing

Founded by John Brownstein (Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School) and Clark Freifeld (software developer and PhD student in biomedical engineering at Boston University), HealthMap is a...

Tonya Van Dijk Jan 15, 2011 08:15 am GMT1657 views
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Health Map
HealthMap: The Crowdsourced Infectious Disease Tracker That Was Built on Nights and Weekends
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In Sri Lanka, in late December there were reports of 9 deaths due to swine flu in just one week, an amount that is unusually high. HealthMap continuously tracked those reports. So, HealthMap made...

Tonya Van Dijk Jan 15, 2011 08:59 am GMT6169 views
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HealthMap: The Crowdsourced Infectious Disease Tracker That Was Built on Nights and Weekends
Digital Crowdsourced Art: The work of Aaron Koblin
Crowd Creativity

Aaron Koblin is an artist specializing in data and digital technologies his work creations of digital art formed from real-world and community generated data. His projects have been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and TED.

Aaron’s work represents some of the best examples of how masses of otherwise innocuous information can be processed to create beautiful, but equally complex visualizations of data derived from thousands of individual actions. Aaron has also been experimenting with the aggregation of data derived from the collective actions of individuals.

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Cristina CaineApr 04, 2011 03:33 am GMT5337 views
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Microsoft Bing will use 3D panoramas taken by the crowd
Crowd Creativity

Quite soon users of Microsoft’s search engine Bing will have access to 3D panoramas photos taken by the crowd and shared through Gigwalk’s mobile app. This great push towards a crowdsourced initiative was made possible as a result of an agreement between the giant Microsoft and Gigwalk, a company just nine weeks old, from Mountain View, CA. The agreement was announced this week.

Gigwalk mobile app instantly connects businesses to an on-demand, tech-savvy mobile workforce (Gigwalkers) who gets paid to use their iPhone to collect, capture and report real-world data -- such as verifying a street name, photographing a menu, reporting on red-light cameras, or confirming product placements in stores -- while going about their everyday activities. They called tasks Gigs.

"By combining Gigwalk's tech-savvy mobile force with our popular Photosynth app, we're able to add immersive panoramas to Bing local search results, so people can accurately see the details of a business such as a store or restaurant, " said David Gedye, lead program manager of Bing Mobile. "Gigwalk's network delivers high-quality results, often within 24 hours, and that's hard to beat," he added.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 30, 2011 03:45 pm GMT4089 views
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Geocentric Crowdsourcing. Or how to put the hands-on the city
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Tom Erickson, designer and researcher in the Social Computing Group  at IBM's Watson Labs in New York, believes in crowdsourcing as a force capable to bring to citizens the ability to change the landscape of their cities and effectively create a more intelligent and livable environment. In his paper Geocentric Crowdsourcing and Smarter Cities: Enabling Urban Intelligence in Cities and Regions, Mr. Erickson explores the application of crowdsourcing to cities and regions – what he called “geocentric crowdsourcing.”

In his opinion, rather than people as passive subjects of increasingly ‘smart’ systems developed by tech companies, the vision is that smarter cities can offer a variety of ways for humans to act as first class participants, contributing their abilities to sense, analyze and act. Mr. Erickson focuses his research on designing systems that enable groups of people to interact coherently and productively: originally focused on online systems, the scope of his work has expanded to include real world environments ranging from rooms to cities.

Responding to some questions from Crowdsourcing.org, Mr. Erickson explained the concept of Geocentric Crowdsourcing and his practical application to the cities.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 08, 2011 04:52 am GMT5899 views
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UN-SPIDER: Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping
Distributed Knowledge

A UN initiative to boost emergency response by crowdsourced mapping and space technology

How to ensure that space-based information for crowdsource mapping benefits the emergency response community and disaster risk reduction?

This is the key question that specialists around the world will attempt to answer during the Expert Meeting being held in Geneva, this November, which is being held to coincide with the International Conference on Crisis Mapping.

The Expert Meeting is a fundamental part of the programme that is being organized by the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (SPÍDER). The SPIDER program was established by the United Nations General Assembly with the mandate of ensuring that all countries, international and regional organizations, have access to space-based information, and to ensure they develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full, disaster management cycle. This includes the need to ensure that space-based information supports the crowdsource mapping efforts for the benefit of the disaster community.

The meeting will focus on exploring the different ways that the space technology community can collect, organize and provide greater access to its information and how it can better coordinate the communities through which it crowdsources information.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 22, 2011 06:09 am GMT5836 views
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Google unveils new mapping technologies
document 

"It's a platform battle," according to Di-Ann Eisnor, a social mapping expert and vice president of Waze, a commuter tool that relies on real-time crowdsourced data from its 18.5...

Fiona MaresJun 07, 2012 04:20 am GMT1000 views
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Google unveils new mapping technologies
Google's Growing Web of Street Traffic Surveillance
document Distributed Knowledge

This passive crowdsourcing presents some exciting opportunities. Researchers at MIT's SENSEable City Lab, are conducting a variety of projects that explore how tapping into the locational...

Jason RobbinsAug 13, 2012 01:52 pm GMT740 views
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Google's Growing Web of Street Traffic Surveillance
How the Apple Maps Fail is a Win for Crowdsourcing
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Apple has had a tough run of it since the public finally got its hands on the new iPhone 5 and the new Apple Maps that replace Google's in iOS 6, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. The problem seems to be a failure in smoothing out the kinks that come with utilizing disparate data sources to create a single, unified maps product. The solution lies in the crowd.

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Eric MackOct 04, 2012 07:44 pm GMT12438 views
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Waze Lets Users Alter Map in Real Time
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Waze released an update earlier this week that allows users to report closed roads onto the public map in real time.

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Anton RootMar 01, 2013 05:45 pm GMT5395 views
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New tech, better map on tap to protect Indonesian forests
article 

Global Forest Watch (GFW), unveiled earlier this year, is an online platform that uses satellite imagery, open data and crowdsourcing, enables users to monitor forests and track deforestation...

Jason RobbinsMay 19, 2014 05:42 am GMT835 views
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New tech, better map on tap to protect Indonesian forests
GPS Software Built on Crowdsourcing
document Crowd Creativity

“This community based ‘crowd-sourcing’ approach to digital mapping could soon overtake commercial map providers in both the quality of the data and the speed of updates,” he said. “This local...

Archenette EvangelioNov 28, 2010 08:05 am GMT3187 views
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GPS Software Built on Crowdsourcing
Crowdsourced real-time traffic information
Distributed Knowledge

A “hand in glove” application for crowdsourcing is the sourcing of information that keeps the world’s navigation systems current and relevant. Businesses change hands daily, new road systems open to the public and huge investments are being made to map, photograph and document every point of interest on the map. It’s no wonder therefore that an industry that is based on localized knowledge was waiting for the opportunity to crowdsource its information.

There are a number of different models of adoption.  Devices such as those manufactured by the Dutch owned company, Tom Tom, provide device based functionality that allow drivers to capture and report new information or changes they find to correct information as they go. Another company, one of the largest providers of navigation systems, have a number of commercial contracts with logistics firms who validate the accuracy of information as they make their daily rounds.  Reported errors or omissions are captured real time and sent overnight in batch via an API to a crowdsourcing company whose workforce check and correct the information and send it back.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 28, 2011 02:13 am GMT3557 views
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Crowdsourcing the Common Cold

With flu season in full swing many parts of the world, the folks at Sickweather hit on just the right time to launch their new website, which uses the crowdsourcing model to track the dreaded flu infection. The Sickweather team hopes that users will use this new software as a way to avoid catching flu this winter. We took a look at this new website to see what it’s all about.

Sickweather LLC, based in Baltimore, was co-founded and launched by three guys who grew up together in that area. They built the website as a way of getting a “perspective on when sickness bubbles up, where it travels and how it affects our lives.”

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Debbie ToddNov 21, 2011 09:50 pm GMT3155 views
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