While watching Public TV last night, there was a feature about a program called Safecast. According to the Safecast blog site, the effort is “a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments.”
While we have seen other examples of crowdsourcing to gather information, this is the first example of gathering and applying scientific information. I hope people create some other examples. See comments from readers who have supplied some examples.
Related to this article is another one re a new capability for smart phones. From Government Security News, Nov.11: Disaster Preparedness 2011: smart phones enhanced with nanotube hazmat detectors bring a new dimension to preparedness:
What if your cell phone could detect toxic airborne substances like carbon monoxide, chlorine or even chemical warfare agents?
The public would have a new level of personal protection against a range of fairly common airborne chemical-based toxins, as well as against terrorist attacks involving WMDs. And when sensor data is harnessed in an environmental sensing network for first responders and other organizations, it will be the dawn of a new era for disaster preparedness.
this article is another one that I just read:
- Hacking geigers: Safecast crowdsources radiation data in Japan after Fukushima disaster (boingboing.net)
- Crowdsourcing Radiation at Fukushima (nukespeak.org)
- Hackerspace Happenings: Safecast bGeigie World Tour (makezine.com)
- Citizen scientists map Japan radiation, DIY-style (worldblog.msnbc.msn.com
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