Locating Broken Water Pumps (CNN News)
"Water pumps can save lives -- but only if they work."
"That's the seemingly obvious idea behind a new smartphone app, called Flow, that lets people in the developing world snap pictures of water pumps that are broken."
"Other apps have aimed to accomplish similar things with geo-tagged data. SeeClickFix, for example, lets people report problems with city infrastructure, from potholes in the road to problems with subway cars. An app called Project Noah enables 'citizen scientists' to snap pictures and log information about nature and wildlife, which professional scientists could use in research." 10-10
Locating Broken Water Pumps (WaterforPeople.org)
"FLOW is a dynamic new Water For People baseline and monitoring tool that allows us to get a clear view of what’s working, what’s on the verge of disrepair, and what’s broken. Not only will Water For People use the data to make better programming decisions, but governments, partners, donors and the public can also easily monitor projects and take action when necessary. Plus, the data is easy to gather, share and understand allowing us to build better solutions for a lasting impact." 10-10
Report Problems in Your Neighborhood (Noah: NetworkedOrganisms.com)
"Noah is a tool that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and a common technology platform that research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere." 10-10
Report Problems in Your Neighborhood (SeeClickFix.com)
"You're just one click away from raising awareness about issues in your neighborhood. SeeClickFix encourages active citizenship, by offering a variety of platforms to report your concerns. Report issues through our website, mobile apps, widgets, and voice mail." 10-10
Social Networking and Social Causes (Techland)
"One thing that social media apparently doesn't do is change which causes people gravitate towards - supporting the troops and feeding the hungry remain the most popular causes amongst Americans - although it does change the way that we interact with those causes." 06-11
Social Networking for Toddlers (FastcoDesign.com)
"Crying, yowling, whimpering: Evolution has already equipped infants and toddlers with myriad ways of communicating "status updates" to their parents. But let's face it -- they're pretty ambiguous. So two Finnish designers decided to expand kids' repertoire into the digital age by creating the IOBR: a classic block-sorting toy that also functions a bit like Twitter. So even if they can't yet read or type with their cubby little fingers, toddlers armed with these things can trumpet their current doings to parents and friends." 12-10