Tag Archives: Weather

Winds of change: can crowdsourcing help solve environmental problems?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… much changed?

I can feel it coming, in the air tonight

If you’re a user of crowdsourcing weather apps Weathermob or Weddar you’ll know that the weather in the northern hemisphere has been a little weird lately.

These location-based apps basically allow people to report on their local weather conditions (a service which is incredibly useful for those people out there who really want to know what the weather outside is like, but can’t be bothered looking out the window). …

Tags: activism Climate change crowd Crowdflower crowdsourcing iPhone microwork Needless Weather


All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to test whether online social networks could be used to gather precise data. DARPA released 10 red weather balloons at secret locations across the U.S. The first team to pinpoint the coordinates of all of them was offered a $40,000 prize. Using Facebook, Twitter, public radio and good old-fashioned bribery, the winning team tracked down every balloon in an impressive 9 hours.

Obviously impressed by the crowd’s talent for tracking inflatables, in 2011 DARPA launched the snappily titled …


2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Along with Christmas, New Year’s Eve parties and the great weather, one of my favourite things about late December is the “best of” lists that the papers put together to reflect on the year that was (and sell extra copies during a traditionally slow news period).

This is of course magnified at the end of the decade, when we are offered the opportunity to stand back and consider just how strange the previous 10 years have been.

What I like most …


Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… mapped and shared with climate groups. Over in the UK, Oxford University has come up with Old Weather, an ingenious citizen-science project which gets online volunteers trawling through early 20th century naval records in search of climate data. Apparently, sailors used to record the weather on ship every four hours – not quite the tales of adventure on the high seas you’d hope to find in a captain’s log, but still…

An underdeveloped truth

Maybe it’s the sheer size and …