Updated Safecast Webmap!

Since the unfortunate demise of our GeoSense map platform we haven’t had recent visualization of Safecast data available to web users. Last week Safecast volunteer Nick Dolezal (mastermind behind the Safecast iOS app) tried out an experiment and it worked fantastically. I’m excited to introduce you to the most recent web map of Safecast data. The primary problems we face displaying the Safecast data is that there is so much of it and it’s constantly being updated making maps incredibly hard to generate in a timely matter. Nick got around this by pregenerating tiles from a fixed data set to excellent results. One caveat, this isn’t a “live” view per se, this was generated with the Safecast dataset as of May 25, 2014 – so any new data added to the dataset since then isn’t included. This map will not be updated on a regular basis, though it may be updated from time to time to remain effectively current. As the last map we had on the web had data from early 2013, this is a huge improvement! As a reminder, you can always get visualizations of the data current to sometime in the last 4 hours by forcing a data reload in our free iOS app.

About the Author

Sean Bonner


Sean Bonner is a co-founder and Global Director of Safecast. Based in Los Angeles, he's an Associate Researcher at the Center For Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and a Shuttleworth Fellow.