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Putin Expels USAID; Organization Contributed to Russian NGO that Mapped Electoral Balloting Irregularities

BY Natalia Antonova | Friday, October 5 2012

Screenshot from the Golos election mapping site

The Russian government booted USAID out of the country following accusations that the well known aid agency had been "meddling in internal affairs," as Vladimir Putin put it. He was referring to Golos, a group that mapped balloting fraud in the Russian election. A Russian journalist provides the background and some valuable insight into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Read More

Apple's Maps Application Gets an Official Rebuke on Twitter

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, September 20 2012

There's been plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth at the poor accuracy of maps in Apple's new Maps application, released to iPhone users as part of iOS 6. Earlier today, the Washington State Department of Transportation joined in. "Although #ios6 may say differently," Washington's Department of Transportation tweeted, "we can assure you that the Tacoma Narrows Bridges have not melted."

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Knight Foundation Announces Support for New Open Mapping Tools

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 20 2012

DevelopmentSeed will receive a $575,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge to improve tools for working with OpenStreetMap, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Thursday at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco.

The DevelopmentSeed grant will be put towards making it easier for users to improve the data in OpenStreetMap, DevelopmentSeed CEO Eric Gundersen said in an interview Thursday morning.

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Beijing Flood Mapping By Volunteers Beats Official Govt Site By a Day

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Tuesday, July 31 2012

Volunteer-built map of Beijing flooding

Beijing’s Internet users banded together last week to solve a time-sensitive problem—mapping the hardest hit areas of the city in the wake of major flooding and warning other residents to steer clear of hard-hit areas, faster and better than an official government website, China Daily reports. Read More

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Hoping to Help Curb Corruption in Morocco by Mapping It Online

BY Hanna Sistek | Wednesday, May 30 2012

Illustration: kentoh via Shutterstock

Tarik Nesh-Nash conceived of and became part of the team that built Mamdawrinch, a just-launched site to map incidents of bribery in Morocco. Built with Transparency Maroc, the Moroccan chapter of Transparency International, the site tackles what Nesh-Nash says is an "endemic" problem in the North African country. Transparency International ranks perception of corruption in Morocco as about as bad as it is in Greece and Columbia, but slightly better than in India. ("Mamdawrinch" means "we will not bribe" in Moroccan dialect.) The focus, says Nesh-Nash, is on the petty corruption that has become part of everyday life in Morocco. "I wanted to open up the debate on the topic," says Nesh-Nash. Read More

Mapping the French Political Blogosphere

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, December 5 2011

Map of the French political blogosphere in 2011. Source: Linkfluence - Le Monde The Internet is a political battleground for this election, both in social network conversations and in the political blogosphere, which is ... Read More

If a New Country Comes to Africa and Google Doesn't Map It, Does It Still Exist?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 23 2011

South Sudan as it now appears in Google Earth. After the U.N. recognized the Republic of South Sudan as a member state, Google has added it to Google Maps and Google Earth. South Sudan remained off the the map for well ... Read More

In Identifying Atrocity, Many Hands May Make Fast Work: Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 12 2011

Volunteers picked out likely human shelters in some 3,700 individual images of this area of Somalia to test the idea of distributing the work of imagery analysis; this is a map of the shelters they identified. Image: ... Read More

The Problem With Crowdsourced Disaster Response

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 30 2011

On Code for America's blog, their communications director, Abhi Nemani, picks apart the use of crowdsourcing in New York City around Hurricane Irene and comes out wondering if crowd submission platforms, while they ... Read More

Tracking the Floodwaters' Rise With Open Data

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 29 2011

Map of flood waters from NOAA.gov data, rendered in Google Earth. Video of rising floodwaters and dramatic rescues haven't been hard to find in the wake of Hurricane Irene, but the bigger picture might have been lost as ... Read More