Crowd-sourced Radiation Data from Japan

Here’s a link to the live map (map below is static).

And here’s an interesting piece (from The Atlantic) on the subject.  Key quote:

“It’s one thing to blindly trust the experts. It’s quite another to doublecheck them with a distributed network of 215 Geiger counters — forcing them to earn that trust.”

And this blogger and “Information Visualization enthusiast” wonders if

“grassroots projects like geigercrowd and pachube make progress in closing the data gap [of unreported values].” [brackets mine]

An interesting example of a traditional government function being taken over (in some measure) by the crowd.