Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Together with colleagues from the Boston Museum of Science and the University of New Hampshire (UNH), today we submitted a NASA grant proposal called Digital Earth Watch (DEW), to "promote environmental monitoring by students and citizens through remote sensing and digital photography". The project revolves around the use of pictureposts which allow voluteers to take a set of 9 photos at specific orientations. The pictures can be related to NASA satellite imagery and can help detect longitudinal global climate patterns, by measuring vegetation health over time and space. Our contribution to the project will be a web-based crowdsourcing social network so that students and volunteers can easily upload and share their pictures through an interactive web 2.0 site. The 3-year, $250,000 grant would allow City Lab to develop the core web services to support collaborative data gathering for our emergent City Knowledge software platform. In the short term, the same web services would find immediate application in some of our planned Venice 2.0 web applications.