Day four: On yer bike

Following on from yesterday’s post on getting/letting someone else do the work, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to a good example of collaboration with site users to generate content.

According to this post, letting cyclists become ‘ambassadors’ for their areas is a buzz… thing. Who cares if it is. It’s a great concept both from a good citizen point of view and for news.

The Innertube Map is an Edinburgh-based project that generates local news by letting people who care about their areas write about them. Armed with a 3G phone and training, the volunteers aim to keep local cycle routes in good condition. They also blog about life on and around each route, posting sounds, images, videos and interviews. Meet them at this link.

It was developed by Tom Allan, Edinburgh’s The Bike Station and the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.

In the Audioboo at this link you can hear Tom and I discussing it (while out on our bikes) while he was recruiting ambassadors for each line on the map.

Now the map is very much up and running and each ambassador is generating heaps of multimedia content. If I were still doing the Guardian Local project, this site would be a first stop every morning.

Do you know of any similar news-generating collaborative sites? Please share links in the comments below.


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