Category Archives: crowdsourcing

Give me location data, and I will move the world

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Behind the success of the new wave of location based mobile apps taking hold around the world is digital mapping. Location data is core to popular ride-sharing services … Continue reading

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El moment constitucional

Catalunya viu un moment constitucional sense precedents, derivat d’un procés polític inèdit i transitat d’incògnites. Un temps únic d’efervescència d’iniciatives, projectes i debats sobre allò que s’esdevé, potser, una vegada (o menys) per generació: com fer una nova constitució. Arreu, … Continue reading

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We the crowd? Constitution making 2.0

This is an update of the post I wrote on crowdsourced constitutional reform in 2011. Constitution-making can be broadly defined as a set of activities intended to produce a constitution, the highest law of a state. To the UN Rule … Continue reading

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Leveraging Big Data in disasters: Working around the clock in Philippines

[Cross posted at the Money, Data, and Privacy blog] Big data from social media is increasingly used in disaster management procedures. The speed at which big social data feeds travel across the networks has already been leveraged at the early … Continue reading

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Spread the word: the value of local information in disaster response

By Marta Poblet and Keera Pullman As dozens of bushfires continue to burn across the country (not least in New South Wales) many Australians find themselves unable to return home while many others have no home to return to. While … Continue reading

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Crowdsourced crisis mapping: how it works and why it matters

Marta Poblet and Pompeu Casanovas Web 2.0 tools and mobile technologies have lowered the barriers not just for people to access the internet but to create and share content. Through open-source, collaborative programs such as wikis, the creation and distribution … Continue reading

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Endeavour, Venus, and citizen science

This week, the magnificent Australian-built replica HMB Endeavour could be visited at the Waterfront City Marina in Melbourne. On 26 August 1768, the real HMB Endeavour, commanded by Lieutenant James Cook, sailed from Plymouth to the South Pacific Ocean. The aim … Continue reading

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