Free the maps!

The Free Map of London is attempting to create, well, a free map of London, England by synthesizing freely uploaded GPS tracks of people walking the streets of London. This seems like a pretty good way to get updated data from what is becoming a large amount of data from the conglomeration of sensors people are beginning to carry on themselves.

Think about it, a person can very easily carry a transmitter, spatial locater, photographic and audio recorder, barometer, and chronograph as a matter of course. Now, link this information together and share it to a central databas and you have the potential to have a huge input of data for many possible uses.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.