On 6 September, SEESAC [South Eastern and Eastern European Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons ] will launch an online platform designed to test the idea that guns are entrenched in Serbian society and to find out if there is a silent majority that does not support the widespread existence of firearms. The platform is based on one put out by Ushahidi.
Since SEESAC’s project, Mapping the Gun Culture in Serbia, is a prototype project, it will only concentrate on its participants’ views on gun culture and guns that they’ve seen in public.
“Our goal is to test the accepted attitude that citizens of Serbia are overwhelmingly supportive of weapons possession. In this phase of the project, as we collect public opinion, we also hope to collect information about the circumstances and places where guns are seen in public life,” said Iva Savic, the project’s communications officer, in an email.
- NET PROPHET
Land Information New Zealand is looking into the value of crowdsourcing, as one of its team leaders works on his Master's thesis.
LINZ Geospatial Team Leader Andrew Clouston is interested in the possibilities of facilitated crowd-sourced information that could include additional support or encouragement for specific data.
“Crowd-sourced information could be really valuable – for example, in informing the Spatial Improvement Project. The value in incorporating crowd-sourced information in this situation comes from safely meshing authoritative and VGI datasets,” he said.
“This approach would require greater collaboration and understanding – as well as a willingness for volunteers, regulators and professionals to work together.”
Andrew is currently working on the thesis portion his Masters of Geographic Information Studies with a specific focus on whether there is potential for VGI in the New Zealand Cadastre.
At the moment, he’s collecting information and opinions of those who are interested in either VGI or the cadastre in order to help answer this question. You can help him out by going online and filling out his survey.
In introducing the survey, the author, Clouston, refers to Open Street Map (it's really OpenStreetMap) as an example of crowdsourcing.
- LINZ Blog
A website helps solve that problem by matching prospective beekeepers with landowners who are more than happy to accommodate bees on their land.
The “Hive Talking” site features an interactive map. This tool has the ability to connect you to gardeners and allotment keepers in your area.
The map is UK and Eruope focused.
- Greener Ideal