In class today we talked about Public Participatory GIS and VGI. Some of the applications are important socially relevant crowdsourcing efforts like Tomnod but others are popular, like
the bathroom mapping story in the New Yorker.
We also looked at public sources of mappable information like NYC Open Data or the Health Data at Data.Gov.
While there were lots of examples of community projects, there were also some health research projects that were mentioned including series of maps investigating health at IMMemphis. This included mapping of Ebola tweets.
One of the issues is really scale. When you hear about someone mapping cases of Zika, you probably think of something different than this map that TIME has posted.