Open Litter Map is an open source which collects geographic data on litter, brands, and plastic pollution. This technology empowers anyone to share litter information by using the platform, which can also be downloaded for free (as we all know how expensive plastic pollution researches can be!). But the most incredible part is that Open Litter Map rewards users with cryptocurrency tokens Littercoin for doing the work of mapping and producing open data to help us clean the planet.
Seán, what is your background and how did you end up developing this platform?
What is your platform about?
Why have you seen an opportunity to create this platform and what is your mission?
Every day counts. We are the first generation with the tools to share information & communicate with each other to find solutions. By making litter data available as open data, anyone can participate @OpenLitterMap… Click To Tweet
What particular data do you expect to collect with this platform?
How does the system work to make the litter traceable (put it in a map)?
To upload, users must enable location services and turn their GPS on. Images that are not geotagged cannot be submitted to OpenLitterMap. Instructions about how to turn GPS on are sent out in a welcome email when you sign up.
On iPhone open Settings – Privacy – Turn Location Services = On and Turn Camera = On, While Using.
On Android open the Camera – visit the settings inside the camera app – enable geotagging, then pull down the top menu and activate GPS.
Why should people use OpenLitterMap?
By 2012, at least 8-12 million tonnes of plastic were entering the oceans every year & by 2025, this is expected to increase to about 70 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year @OpenLitterMap #plasticpollution… Click To Tweet
How can people support your platform besides data?
If you like the work I am doing, please consider supporting me with a once off donation or sign up and support me with €5 a month? I have to do and pay for everything by myself. Any time someone clicks a link or uploads something it costs money and I am not able to do and pay for everything by myself forever. I am doing my best here but with some support, I could do a lot more! I use Stripe.com to manage donations and monthly subscriptions. If enough people help me I can hire another developer and really get this moving. I am also looking for grants but I haven’t got one yet. Do you want to live in a world where we are going to just get this done? Then please support and crowdfund me with 10c a day and together we will open data that will stop plastic going into the ocean.
Are there particular areas or places in the world that are especially active when it comes to picking up litter?
You can see for yourself, at openlittermap.com/maps ! That is the beauty of open data 🙂
If you could write a message on a big wall for the world to read, what would it say?
PLEASE STOP LITTERING ><(((*> ><(((*>