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IPT: Live Traffic Data

posted Sep 14, 2009, 6:10 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Sep 15, 2009, 6:25 PM ]
More real world stuff. I love this. By now you must be either (a) groaning uncontrollably at how the IPT course is invading your world or (b) really actually starting to be impressed with how relevant your studies are. I sincerely hope you're in the second group!

Read the following posts from the Official Google Blog and the Official Google Australia Blog:
Then, answer the following questions in a new classwork post:
  1. Describe the process of 'crowdsourcing'.
  2. Identify the information technology (hardware) that is part of this information system.
  3. Identify people in the environment, end users and participants within the system.
  4. Using Word and Paint, create a data flow diagram that comprehensively represents the information processes taking place as a result of this new Google Maps feature.
  5. Identify ways in which the resulting data could be biased or inaccurate.
  6. Discuss the social and ethical issues raised by the widespread use of this technology.
Don't forget to post a link to your post in the comments!

Edit: I've put up local versions of those blog posts, so you can now read the originals at home and have a look at the local version when you're within the DET.