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“Cell phones become handheld tools for global development”

20091029_pid53210_aid53209_ugandaoverhead_w600_spanhighA UW news release concerning the Open Data Kit initiative, led by UW CSE professor Gaetano Borriello.

“Computer scientists at the University of Washington have used Android, the open-source mobile operating system championed by Google, to turn a cell phone into a versatile data-collection device. Organizations that want a fully customizable way to, say, snap pictures of a deforested area, add the location coordinates and instantly submit that information to a global environmental database now have a flexible and free way to do it.”

Read the full article here.  Learn more about Open Data Kit here.  Learn about the overall UW “Change” developing world research effort here.