Realtime & crowdsourced maps
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Amid discussions Tuesday of ways social media can be used to ensure a sustainable future for the planet, one Rio+Social conversation emphasized how technology is accelerating and improving humanitarian relief. Antonia Guterres, U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, and Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme discussed how their respective organizations use technology to address the world's challenges, in a panel moderated by Robb Skinner, associate director of the U.N. Foundation.
What Exactly Is Crowdmap? Crowdmap is designed and built by the people behind Ushahidi, a platform that was originally built to crowdsource crisis information. As the platform has evolved, so have its uses. Crowdmap allows you to set up your own map of Ushahidi without having to install it on your own web server.
Everybody knows the crowd sourced open street map. http://www.openstreetmap.org/ There are also a crowd sourced stats: numbeo. Self declaration of http://www.numbeo.com is as follows: ‘Numbeo is the biggest free database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, especially living conditions: cost of living, housing indicators, health care systems, traffic, crime and pollution.’
There’s a new Crowdmap in town called DeadUshahidi .
Rising concerns over the consequences of mass refugee flows during several crises in the late 1970′s is what prompted the United Nations (UN) to call for the establishment of early warning systems for the first time. “In 1978-79 for example, the United Nations and UNHCR were clearly overwhelmed by and unprepared for the mass influx of Indochinese refugees in South East Asia.
My doctoral dissertation compared the use of live mapping technology in Egypt and the Sudan during 2010.
I just had the pleasure of speaking with my new colleague Jakob Rogstadius from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute ( Madeira-TTI ).
1 Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, UK 2 International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Commission IV - Geodatabases and Digital Mapping, WG IV/4 - Virtual Globes and Context-Aware Visualisation/Analysis, ISPRS Headquarters (2008-2012), National Geomatics Centre of China, Beijing 100048, PR China 3 SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA 02139, USA 4 Institute for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, University of Osnabrueck, 49076 Osnabrueck, Germany 5 School of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Tue, 17 May 2011 10-12 May 2011, Bergen, Norway. During the 2011 GDACS Stakeholders Meeting, a crowd-sourcing application for geo-tagged photos was released to the disaster management and early responders community. Developed under the EC funded GEO-PICTURES project by AnsuR , in collaboration with UNOSAT, this Android app automatically geo-locates (tags) photos, size them according to bandwidth and send them off to a web-server - all with the touch of one button. In the web-server, photo location is indicated on a map, and the photo can be further assessed, shared with individuals or groups and even uploaded in high resolution if needed.
My colleagues at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have been doing some very interesting applied research on automatically extracting “situational awareness” from tweets generated during crises.
When it comes to predicting the future, Chartbeat's CEO Tony Haile thinks you're awful. At the Mashable Media Summit , Haile spoke about the importance of real-time data and what your business should be doing with that information. "The more we think we know, the more expert we believe ourselves to be," says Haile, "and the more likely we are to trust our judgment when we shouldn't and get things wrong." SEE ALSO: The Return of Real-Time Social Environments
The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i , a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. In order to tackle urban transportation challenges in cities around the world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Research Foundation of Singapore launched a five-year cooperative project in 2009 — Future Urban Mobility (FM) — to look at new models and technology tools aimed at sustainability. The FM team is one of four interdisciplinary research groups that are part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre, or SMART Centre. FM is developing SimMobility, a simulation platform where researchers explore transportation, environmental impacts, energy and land use and the activities of individual travelers in the mix.
Der Forschungsschwerpunkt "Transport and Traffic Engineering" befasst sich mit der Dynamik und Steuerung von Verkehrssystemen (Strassen-, Fussgänger-, Luft- und Schienenverkehr).
Nokia 's web based 3D map service, Nokia Maps 3D, has been updated with navigation, sharing, new search options and more, the company announced on its blog. Located at maps.nokia.com , Nokia Maps 3D now offer 3D imagery of 25 cities around the world, including Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Rome and San Francisco. To be able to see the 3D version of the map, you'll have to install a browser extension and restart your browser first. It's worth it, though. Nokia's 3D imagery, especially the transitions seen when zooming and unzooming into an image, is quite spectacular. Search function lets you enter addresses as well as names of businesses and points of interests.