I have made a online mapping application (http://geoinformatics.cn/children) to show the begging children over China. And a famous local newspaper has reported and at the meantime, I have got several interviews(http://news.3snews.net/industry/20110216/11751.shtml). After that, several volunteers has joined in this activity. For me, I just want to help these kids by my knowledge in geography and related area.
The data is from the sina micro-blog, which is the *Chinese version’s tweeter*. This micro-blog called on the whole sina online-community to take a snapshot when met a begging child on the street. The begging-children problem is becoming a focus of public attention especially in the urban area of China. Pushed by their parents or even controlled by human trafficking group, these children have to say goodbye to their beautiful and happy childhood, and lead a hard life as a beggar.
It is happy to know that a lot of begging children have been found by their parents when reading the sina micro-blog. More and more Chinese citizens, no matter the supper stars or the ordinary people, are joining this activity, They truly believe that a simple behavior such as taking a snapshot and posting it to the web could help a lot.
Browsing the data by Google Earth
A report on local newspaper
Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic data provided voluntarily by individuals (Goodchild, 2007). Some examples of this phenomenon are Wikimapia, OpenStreetMap, and Google MyMaps. VGI can also be seen as an extension of critical and participatory approaches to geographic information systems and as a specific concern within online or web credibility . These sites provide general base map information and allow users to create their own content by marking locations where various events occurred or certain features exist, but aren’t already shown on the base map.