Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Google mapping bedbugs in Manhattan and Boston

Bedbug City is a new Google Maps mashup which shows Bedbug infestations in New York City and Boston. The creator of this mashup explains the following: "..Especially in the year 2006, bedbug infestations started to increase faster than ever in Manhattan. A recent article published in The New York Times (October 16, 2006 "Everything You Need to Know About Bedbugs but Were Afraid to Ask") about bedbug infestations also points out this problem."

Bedbug City allows people to submit and map infestations in Manhattan and Boston. Right now there are relatively few points on the map but more will be added as people submit. Color coding visualization helps viewers to visualize infestation areas. The creators believe that "this initiative will allow people to take action and create a bedbug free Manhattan."
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