Collecting Tree Species Data and other Crowdsourcing GIS News
Want to know what a tree species is on your hike? Take a picture of the leaf and Leafsnap will help you identify it. The app will also upload your image and location to help create a database of species distribution. The free app is form free app developed by Columbia University in New York, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution.
How about mapping the local Halloween decorations? Oddity: the story is hosted at Castro Valley, CA Patch but the map is from Google built with ZeeMaps. I wonder if the folks writing for Patch are aware they are owned by the same company as MapQuest? Or does MapQuest not yet have a crowdsourcing solution? Or maybe its going to be mqVibe?
NASA is crowdsourcing exploration of the ocean bottom.
Using a new platform which takes a square kilometer of ocean-bottom imagery and parses it out into an easily navigable, compelling user interface, we humbly ask you to help find scientifically relevant items, in order to allow us to outline them for a broad representation of the reef. Then, traverse planning scientists can then use this aggegated data to target, or confirm the interest items for further study. We can't do this kind of science on our own. We need your help today and again when we send humans beyond the surly bonds of Earth.