Crowd sourcing is now being used to report, in real time, reliable data of Japan’s radiation levels. According to the developers:
We too have been watching events unfold in Japan. We have created this site in an effort to display the reliable data readings as they become available. While we are careful to evaluate new data sources, we welcome new reliable data from those on the ground in this crisis.
While we hope to gather data via our own website, we recognize the efforts of others out there who are actively seeking and parsing data and making it available for others to use.
We are aware that reliable data is critical, and have carefully chosen partners in supplying information. Our map is populated with data from Pachube and Marian Steinbach. . As more reliable data sources become available, we will consider adding further sources to the site.
We’d like to thank those other sites and individuals who are providing data (for this site and others):
# Marian Steinbach
# The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan
This is an important, innovative initiative to gather disparate data to benefit public health.
Isn’t this a much more meaningful use of crowd sourcing, rather than, say, organizing huge pillow fights?