[Osmf-talk] OpenCoronaMap online

Seán Lynch seanlynch at umail.ucc.ie
Fri Mar 27 13:46:55 UTC 2020

Hi Steven,

I see remarkable similarities between the litter and corona methodologies.
It is relatively easy for me to change "litter" to "symptoms" and achieve
the same result. Please note that I am not encouraging people to go around
mapping where they think the virus exists. I am asking people to self
report symptoms once a day.

To answer your question, I hope to change people's understanding how
distributed symptoms are in more local contexts. On the news last night, I
saw that Russia, which spans 12 timezones, was identified as having the
virus by a single point. I think this is a huge failing of geospatial
communication but health institutions are too bureaucratic to do otherwise.
If we want to positively change behaviour and encourage people (especially
those who do not consider themselves at risk), we need to show more
detailed maps and democratize access to anonymous clustered data.

Although I had to do all of the litter mapping research by myself, I hope
to get some domain expertise in this area soon with our design sprints.
Hopefully it will generate more interest than permanent global pollution. I
am already in touch with several public health experts.



On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 13:38, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:

> If epidemiology is new to you, I suggest now is not the time to be
> launching into this area. I very much doubt that there are any similarities
> between the incidence of litter and the transmission of Covid-19!
> ______
> Steven
> Unusual maps in strange places -  mappery.org
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> On 27 Mar 2020, at 13:22, Seán Lynch <seanlynch at umail.ucc.ie> wrote:
> Hi Steven,
> Epidemiology is new to me, however there are remarkable similarities
> between litter mapping and corona mapping. I already have a methodology
> incl iOS and android apps to facilitate litter mapping at a global scale in
> hyper resolution across space and time and I have simply replaced litter
> with corona symptoms as identified by the WHO.
> We are planning a design sprint soon with theladder.io, an Irish non
> profit accelerator, where we hope to hear from domain experts to overcome
> some of the issues you have identified.
> You can find terms and privacy policy, but they are a bit of a copy paste
> job and in need of some legal advice.
> https://opencoronamap.com/terms
> https://opencoronamap.com/privacy
> The downloads are not available yet, but they will follow the
> OpenLitterMap framework, licensed by ODbL
> Simply finish any URL with /download to access OLM data following this
> syntax for any location where data exists
> City
> https://openlittermap.com/en/maps/The%20Netherlands/Zuid-Holland/Wassenaar/download
> State
> https://openlittermap.com/en/maps/The%20Netherlands/Zuid-Holland/download
> Country
> https://openlittermap.com/en/maps/The%20Netherlands/download
> Notice too you can access grid & behavioural maps at the city layer
> https://openlittermap.com/en/maps/The%20Netherlands/Zuid-Holland/Wassenaar/map
> https://openlittermap.com/en/world/Ireland/County%20Cork/Skibbereen%20Urban/map
> As stated many times over the years, once this work achieves a basic level
> of support I look forward to releasing the code as open source but
> unfortunately we are now at 3+ years of constant rejections after 10+ years
> research and over €100,000 personal investment on my part but
> unsurprisingly governments and corporations, and worryingly- open data
> advocates, don’t seem too concerned about the development of technology to
> radically change our understanding of and ability to respond to permanent
> global pollution.
> Instead many people around the world are only too happy to be tricked into
> creating low quality closed data to protect polluting industries financed
> by the trump administration.
> If you know of any organisations interested in supporting those pioneering
> high quality open data on pollution I would love to hear from them
> Thanks!
> On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 12:45, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sean
>> I am interested in what you hope to achieve with a small sample (or even
>> a larger self selected sample) of reports as simple as this? Do you have
>> some experience in spatial epidemiology to support this approach?
>> On your site I can’t see any privacy policy or contribution policy, does
>> that comply with GDPR?
>> Notwithstanding the concerns expressed in this thread on your choice of
>> name for your mapping project, how will you make the data available to
>> others? (after all you are called OpenCoronaMap).
>> You mention that you have applied for 55+ grants without success, perhaps
>> considering these questions might help you to understand why you have not
>> been successful.
>> ______
>> Steven
>> Unusual maps in strange places -  mappery.org
>> Subscribe to my weekly “Maps in the Wild <http://eepurl.com/dKStT-/>”
>> newsletter
>> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:53:34 +0000
>> From: Seán Lynch <seanlynch at umail.ucc.ie>
>> To: Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
>> Cc: Michal Migurski <mike at teczno.com>, OSMF Talk
>> <osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org>
>> Subject: Re: [Osmf-talk] OpenCoronaMap online
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>> Hi again,
>> Thanks Michal and Martin for the reassuring words
>> I have always supported and proactively engaged with the OSMF. Not once
>> has
>> the OSMF contacted me about a trademark issue or brought the issue up when
>> I made a lighting presentation at SoTM in Heidelberg. Rather, I
>> proactively
>> engaged with the group and when asked to write to trademark, I did, but
>> nearly 24 months later I have not received a reply.
>> Meanwhile, an average of about 900 tonnes of plastic continues to flow
>> into
>> the ocean every hour and people new to data collection are being tricked
>> into celebrating low quality closed data and the protection of polluting
>> industries financed by the Trump administration.
>> I wrongly thought open litter mapping would be a catalyst for citizen
>> science because it was the most accessible form of data collection the
>> world has ever seen. I also wrongly thought to achieve some support from
>> the OSM community or the likes of pineapple fund but unfortunately the
>> only
>> support that I have received over the last 3+ years of my app in
>> production
>> are seemingly empty threats and largely off-putting discussions. I am now
>> pivoting to open corona mapping, which I believe is an even more
>> accessible form of open data collection than open litter mapping and may
>> be
>> the missing catalyst for citizen science. Hopefully one day, open data on
>> pollution or pandemics might even get a basic level of support because its
>> important but so far, more than 55+ grants have rejected my application
>> and
>> kickstarter couldn't even reach one percent. Worryingly, I wouldn't worry
>> too much about the trademark because people really don't care.
>> --
>> https://openlittermap.com @OpenLitterMap (Fb, Tw, Ig)
>> M.Sc. Coastal & Marine Environments (NUIG, 2015)
>> M.Sc. GIS & Remote Sensing (UCC, 2014)
>> B.A. Geography & Economics (UCC, 2011)
>> ie.linkedin.com/in/seanlynchgis
> --
> https://openlittermap.com @OpenLitterMap (Fb, Tw, Ig)
> M.Sc. Coastal & Marine Environments (NUIG, 2015)
> M.Sc. GIS & Remote Sensing (UCC, 2014)
> B.A. Geography & Economics (UCC, 2011)
> ie.linkedin.com/in/seanlynchgis

https://openlittermap.com @OpenLitterMap (Fb, Tw, Ig)
M.Sc. Coastal & Marine Environments (NUIG, 2015)
M.Sc. GIS & Remote Sensing (UCC, 2014)
B.A. Geography & Economics (UCC, 2011)
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