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Using social media to create a record of fire history

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Using social media to create a record of fire history

A group of students at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, have put together an interesting new tool aimed at creating a richer record of local fire history. Powered by GeoLive, the website uses google maps to create a map which users can modify, clipping in newspaper articles, events, and even first hand experiences of fire events. Given some of the data issues that with fire records in California from the middle of the last century, I wonder what this sort of site could do to allow researchers to learn more about fire history from firefighters and residents?

Photo: Rachel C. Smith 2003, All rights reserved.

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