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Crowd-Mapping New Jersey’s Growth

October 2nd, 2013 by

Rowan GeoLab To Crowdsource Recent Development Patterns

Source: Rowan University GeoLab

Source: Rowan University GeoLab

Mapping land use is critical for making sound planning decisions, but New Jersey’s land-use map is over six years old.  The Rowan University GeoLab is turning to the power of crowdsourcing to map development trends that have occurred since 2007. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 8 at noon, the GeoLab will launch its NJ MAP: Growth crowdsourcing tool, and is inviting the public to contribute. Volunteers can zoom in on the map to areas of the state with which they are familiar and click on new development visible in 2012 aerial photos.  Badges will be awarded to the top contributors in each county.

Using the power of potentially hundreds of contributors, the Geolab is hoping to complete the map within several weeks.  Results will be made available as a free download by January 2014. 

More information on how to contribute is available on the NJ MAP: Growth crowdsourcing project website.

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