Vermont’s Irene Damage/Needs and other Crowdsourcing GIS News
The State of Vermont, hard hit by flooding after hurrcane Irene, has a map (CrowdMap again) where locals can post damage and "needed" information. It's unclear who posted the map or who is monitoring it. That's becoming all to common in such efforts.
via reader Bruce
Wheelmap is an attempt to address the accessibility problem. An app designed by Raul Krauthausen, who is himself a wheelchair user, the app uses an open source database to construct a map showing which stores, theaters and tourist attractions are wheelchair accessible. The app (for iPhones) is free and users contribute to the database, either via the app or the web site.
RIght now most data is in Germany and there's a new version for Japan. A worldwide one would be so awesome!
At the beginning of 2011, the [Los Angeles Unified School District] LAUSD launched a pilot crowdsourcing program that has resulted in 1,000 repair requests in the first eight months of the year. That's a drop in the bucket compared with the nearly 250,000 requests the district gets every year. However, Kurt Daradics, cofounder and director of business development for CitySourced in Los Angeles, which markets the crowdsourcing app, said that, once fully implemented, it could cut the district's maintenance request-processing expenses by 80 percent.
Esri is moving from teaching GIS in schools to using GIS in schools. I'm thinking there's more money in the latter than the former.