Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Boulder Fire on Google Maps

Boulder Fire Tweet Map

Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis) has created a Google Map to show tweet reports from the Boulder fire. The map is a great example of how Twitter and Google Maps can be used in an emergency to help crowd-source important information in near real-time.

EPIC are automatically collecting and mapping tweets that include the hashtags #boulderfire, #boulder or #4MileFire. The tweets also need to include latitude and longitudes and a hashtag for categorisation, #fire, #evac, #shelter, #closed, #offer, #need, #road. These categorisation tags are used to color-code the map markers.

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