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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mapping Drug Dealers and other Crowdsourcing GIS News

Residents [of Reynosa, on the Mexico side of the Texas/Mexico border] are now using social media and Google Maps to report drug dealers in their neighborhoods.

An anonymous group of Twitter users launched the project a few months ago but it's now surging in popularity.

In an email interviews with Action 4 News, the creators of the map said they are asking people to report drug dealers using the #reynosafollow channel of Twitter.

Officials have their own reporting channel.

- Valley Central

The McCreary County  [Kentucky] Tourist Commission is looking for local mappers. The goal?

to “map” trails for tourists who may share their particular interest — such as hiking, off-roading, crafting, coal history, photography, etc. The resulting maps can then be developed into itineraries available on the county’s tourism website for self-guided tours.

“We need information for all kinds of trails,” County Tourism Director Ginger McCartt-West told The Record. “It doesn’t have to be an outdoor experience.”

A grant enables the effort and volunteers can use helmet cameras to make first person videos for the county website.

- McCreary Record

A class at UC Berkeley is mapping doggie amenities vs number of babies in San Francisco's Mmission District. Have any input?

- Map via Mission Local

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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