Picture This: An Open-Source Alternative To Google Street View

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Picture This: An Open-Source Alternative To Google Street View

January 27, 2011

John Robb, author, entrepreneur and open-source thinker, wants you to join him in building an ambitious new project named “Picture This,” which looks to map every postal address in the world online. Think Wikipedia meets Google Street View.

The project differs from Google Street View in a couple of key ways:

  1. It relies on crowdsourcing to upload pictures via an as yet undeveloped smartphone application
  2. It looks to map areas that Google Street View has not — most places outside the US and Europe
  3. Contributors will own the new mapping service and the revenue from its accompanying ad service