Check out these real time updates:
The map depicts the tactics employed by the students:
The limits of using Google Maps
As I looked closer at the map, it occurred to me how much this resembles a computer game with moving characters. The strategy employed by the police can be discerned by the pattern below.
But I doubt that students were able to update their Google map in real-time directly from their mobile phones, let alone via SMS, Twitter, Smartphone App, camera phone or Facebook. Nor can they subscribe to alerts and receive them directly via an automated email or SMS. Indeed, it appears they were using Google Forms to “crowdsource” information and this Twitter account to disseminate important updates.
This is why I got in touch with the group and recommended that they think of using Crowdmap (free and open source):
Or GroundCrew (partially free, not open source):
See the following links for more info on Maptivism:
- Maptvisim: Mapping Information for Advocacy and Activism
- Maptivism: Maps for Activism, Transparency and Engagement
- 5 Inspiring Examples for Worldwide Maptivism
- Tactical Tech: Maps for Advocacy