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This is a very nice initiative!

A question: as a non-american, in view of America's current levels of paranoia, does this really have much potential beyond, say, bike-racks and street-lines?

I'd love to know, for example, which areas are served by fibre, which have a high numbers of wireless communication towers, which are serviced by new (as opposed to ancient) utilities? I can imagine some bureaucrat deeming many game-changing datasets as "security risks".

If that's true, then what's left to publish?

I'd also like to know, what commitment is there to keeping datasets updated? My guess: GitHub makes this much easier. For example, how long before hundreds of privately owned bike racks get added? How long before pathways get crowd-sourced into the data?

We'll see.




Sean Gorman did a lot of work around critical infrastructure and national security at GMU.[1] He ruffled a few feathers at the time. His research at GMU later turned into GeoIQ/[2]. I am not sure if you are interested in actual fiber mapping or the level of paranoia. If its the former there are some publications listed in the research section specifically about fiber mapping.[3]

[1] http://gembinski.com/interactive/GMU/

[2] http://www.geoiq.com/

[3] http://gembinski.com/interactive/GMU/research.html


On this note, I see a great application for small business to capitalize on knowing where more humans have accessibility to non-car parking so to speak. Having access gives the would be business owner to see ahead where bike access is and provide services to those areas.




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