10 Aug 2011
Back in 2009, we coined the term “DIY GEOINT” because we were fully inspired by a couple of enterprising MIT students who launched a camera to the edge of space and took some amazing photos of earth. After that, it seems that the floodgates simply opened up when it came to the grassroots and open source mapping done by average citizens. We had a “MacGyver-like” toolkit for making your own satellite for a mere $100. And students from the Potomac School took an image of the Earth’s curvature. So what is next? A group in New Orleans called The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) is working to create an aerial view of the earth that is entirely constructed by the public.