Mapping Swim Trails and other Crowdsourcing News

Helen Sahadi of Thorndike, Maine, is an avid open-water swimmer. Her website,, will document Maine's best swimming "trails" in lakes and ponds and she's looking for contributions from other swimmers around the state.

- Bangor Daily News

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history.

The basic idea is to link old pics of a location with those of today. Sounds like a fascinating way to explore history. Says Time:

In partnership with Google, from which it leverages maps and Street View imagery, Historypin allows users to upload vintage photographs to geographically "pinned" locations on a map. Those images are then laid on top of Google's Street View and organized on a navigable timeline, dating all the way back to 1840 (when the first recorded photograph took place). Landmarks, street corners, or wherever else you can imagine can be given unimaginable layers of depth via their own past and present communities.

via Time

Bangalore Security Map, being drawn up by MOD Institute, an international think-tank engaged in urbanisation processes in India, in conjunction with CSTEP (Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy), will feature the city’s most dangerous areas. ...

The website urges ordinary citizen to contribute inputs. “We want to know where in the city you feel insecure and why so. If you feel insecure in a certain part of the city (at a certain time, perhaps), please share with us what could have made you feel safer.” 

- Bangalore Mirror

Published Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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