California, US: Trimble has launched Map the Spill, a mobile app and website that empowers Gulf Coast residents and the public to report on the oil spill. Map the Spill allows those directly and indirectly impacted by the spill to capture and chronicle what they see happening to the land, sea and wildlife in their areas, that is, users can report, upload photos, map their locations and share updates with other users. Using rich media and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, citizens can be part of a mass data collection process. The free app is currently available on Android and BlackBerry mobile phones and will be available soon on the iPhone. Scientists, government agencies and non-governmental agencies (NGOs) that are taking part in clean-up efforts can use the data and content created and shared by Map the Spill users to assist in their efforts.
Mapthespill.org will serve as a content repository as well as a source for the latest news and tweets on the oil spill. It is collaborating with response teams and non-profit groups—such as the Alabama Coastal Foundation and Mobile Bay Keepers—to ensure the most helpful and relevant data is being collected by the public and volunteers.