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Picture This: An Open-Source Alternative To Google Street View

An ambitious new project aims to map areas that Google Street View has not -- most places outside the US and Europe

Jon Lombardo
Jon Lombardo on January 27, 2011.

John Robb, author, entrepreneur and open-source thinker, wants you to join him in building an ambitious new project named “Picture This,” which looks to map every postal address in the world online. Think Wikipedia meets Google Street View.

The project differs from Google Street View in a couple of key ways:

  1. It relies on crowdsourcing to upload pictures via an as yet undeveloped smartphone application
  2. It looks to map areas that Google Street View has not — most places outside the US and Europe
  3. Contributors will own the new mapping service and the revenue from its accompanying ad service

If you’re interested in building and owning part of an open-source alternative to Google Street View, head over to the Global Guerrillas website and offer your services.

Global Guerillas: “THE OPEN SOURCE VENTURE PROJECT (Picture This)”

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