US: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Qatar Computing Research Institute have developed new online tools to help people update maps in case of a natural disaster. The tools allow people with minimal skills to monitor data sources on the Internet for updated information about the locations of ad hoc shelters, and display them all on a Google map.
The tools are an extension of the App Inventor, which was initially a Google product, but it was later rereleased as open-source software managed by MIT. The app could also allow individual users to revise, annotate or supplement the information displayed in the map. The researchers presented their new tools in a paper at the Workshop on Semantic Cities last month in Beijing.