We recently discovered Mapillary (yes, we’re late) and wanted to share some the great things we’ve discovered on the platform.
You might have noticed a change in our website footer recently.
The change? We added a link to our Mapillary account.
Simplistically, Mapillary is very similar to Street View.
For the general consumer it hosts street-level imagery that can be viewed on a map.
Mapillary contributors are producing some brilliant content.
Bicycle Advocacy in Canada
Bike Ottawa members captured 450,000 images across 2,000 km in just a little over a month to gather data for bicycle advocacy work. Determining the need for infrastructure creation and maintenance, building a model for traffic stress levels, and monitoring progress are just some of the ways they are now using the imagery.
Field Research in Norway
Wild salmon in Norwegian rivers is on the decline with numbers nearly half what they were 30 years ago. Anders Foldvik, Research Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), is working to understand salmon habitats in Norway and to help hydropower companies mitigate their impacts.
We love the handle, Anders (riverview).
Disaster Response around the World
The Red Cross collects and uses street-level imagery in disaster response, where time is critical. For example in Dominica after the devastation wrought by hurricane Irma, imagery provides a glimpse into the challenges faced by communities impacted by the storm, situational awareness for organisations responding to the disaster, and created a baseline which could be used to examine changes during the recovery process.
Lesson on Rivers in the UK
And Trek View. Our lesson on rivers show children show how they change from source to mouth, and why so many towns and cities grew up around them (like Hampton Court, above).
We’re in the process of uploading all our public to Mapillary, and you’ll see links to it in Explorer (in addition to Google Street View and OpenTrailView).
There is also a potential integration with Mapillary and Tourer in the works to make uploading 360-degree photos to multiple street-level imagery platforms a breeze.
Please do send me links to other Mapillary users who have uploaded trails, rivers, and other outdoor areas – it’s still winter here and I’d like to explore somewhere warm!
Update August 2020: Explorer has been replaced with the Map the Paths.
Update October 2020: Tourer has been replaced with the Map the Paths Desktop Uploader. More information and download links are here.