Grassroots mapping of the Gulf oil spill
June 2nd, 2010

Researchers at the Center for Future Civic Media are making freely available maps of the Gulf oil spill.

Their work has had a great influence on how the public not only perceives this ongoing environmental disaster but also how the public perceives the value of releasing maps into the public domain. Merely with weather balloons, helium, a camera on a timer, and open-source software, they have been able to stitch together timely, high-resolution imagery that helps allocate emergency resources to hard-hit areas and, one day they hope to hold the accountable parties responsible for this preventable catastrophe.

One of these researchers, Jeffrey Yoo Warren, is appealing for support to expand these efforts. Warrens campaign tries to raise $5,000 in the next 20 days: Learn more about how you can help at or check Jeffreys website.

Jeffrey is the creator of and designs mapping tools, visual programming environments, and kites as a fellow in MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media, and as a student at the MIT Media Lab, where he created the vector-mapping framework Cartagen.

The email request for support was sent by Andrew Whitacre, Communications Manager Comparative Media Studies & Center for Future Civic Media Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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