A Community-Owned Map Accessed via Mesh Networks

Posted by An Xiao Mina in CORE77

Only accessible via a local wifi mesh network, the Red Hook version of Tide Pools lets community members access information and report trouble spots.

Tide Pools is a mapping-system-cum-mesh-network that’s focused on local communities. Billed as “‘Ushahidi’ meets ‘The Sims’ API hub for local needs and culture,” Baldwin’s system differs substantially from global mapping sites like Google: maps can only be accessed when you’re hooked into the local mesh network.

“The original intention came out of working with community in Red Hook,” Baldwin noted in an interview with Core77. “The original piece of investigation was around where mesh networks exist. What kinds of local incentives can be conveyed on a mesh interface to convey the idea of a local network?”

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