Friday, May 7, 2010 at 9:18AM
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade has created a Google Maps-based tool that gathers information from residents on the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as it reaches the coast.
Using Twitter, text messages and e-mail, citizens can file reports regarding anything from wildlife endangerment to job loss. The same open-source software used to create the program was designed to record post-election violence in Kenya. It's also employed in Atlanta to precisely track crime statistics, which helps with urban security efforts.