NLM In Focus: NLM Community Mapping—Creating & Supporting Citizen Scientists, Communities

NLM In Focus: NLM Community Mapping—Creating & Supporting Citizen Scientists, Communities. “What if there were a low-cost way for the public to provide accurate scientific data about what’s happening in their community regarding environmental health challenges? There is, and NLM is helping to lead the way in this growing field. ‘Through the Community Health Maps initiative, our goal is to help communities collect and visualize information to support planning and decision making,’ said Colette Hochstein, DMD, MLS, of NLM’s Specialized Information Services.”

DigitalNC: Over 350 New Photos From The Forest History Society Now Online at DigitalNC

Digital NC: Over 350 New Photos From The Forest History Society Now Online at DigitalNC. “Over 350 new photos have been digitized and uploaded to DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Forest History Society. Located in Durham, North Carolina, their organization is dedicated to the preservation of materials about forest history and conservation. While their mission is to promote and collect materials about forest and environmental preservation around the world, these photos are specifically about North Carolina’s history of forest and wildlife conservation.”

Green News: Irish entrepreneur on a mission to tackle the global litter crisis

Green News: Irish entrepreneur on a mission to tackle the global litter crisis. “Seán Lynch is on a mission to map even the tiniest piece of litter on earth to highlight a worldwide ecological emergency: the litter crisis. To do so, the 29.year-old Cork-born entrepreneur has created a web app called Open Litter Map…. Lynch’s website allows users around the world to upload pictures of litter they have stumbled upon, geotag it to pinpoint the exact location, and add it to a global map.” Let’s just not talk about the “littercoin” part…

Water Online: Crowdsourcing The First Water Management Database — With A Little Help From Companies

Water Online: Crowdsourcing The First Water Management Database — With A Little Help From Companies. “From Cape Town to Puerto Rico to Flint, Michigan, it’s no surprise that drought, flooding and water pollution can devastate communities, impacting lives and hindering economic growth. But the physical components of water supply – its abundance or scarcity, levels of pollution, and the competition over it — are only half of the equation when it comes to overall water security. What’s just as important is how water is managed by public institutions, such as water utilities and local governments.”

Google Blog: Take a walk on the wild side in Google Earth

Google Blog: Take a walk on the wild side in Google Earth. “This World Wildlife Day, become one with nature—and its animal inhabitants—on Voyager, Google Earth’s storytelling feature. We’ve launched three interactive tours with Explore.org, National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy that let you get up close with our planet’s magnificent animals and the challenges they face.”

The New School: SGPIA Research Finds ‘Digital Divide’ in Google Street View of Environmental Issues, Slums

The New School: SGPIA Research Finds ‘Digital Divide’ in Google Street View of Environmental Issues, Slums. “For years, Arroyo Sarandí, a stream that snakes through the working class suburb of Avellaneda in Buenos Aires, has fallen victim to industrial use. Pollution and trash have caused serious flooding and health issues for the people living in villas misérias, or slums, along the river banks. But you wouldn’t know any of that by looking at Google Street View of Avellaneda: Neither the slums nor the environmental issues impacting it appear there.”

EU Science Hub: World’s biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanised planet

EU Science Hub: World’s biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanised planet. “The JRC [Joint Research Centre] has launched a new tool with data on all 10,000 urban centres scattered across the globe. It is the largest and most comprehensive database on cities ever published.”