This year we decided to move the annual pirate picnic from Georges Island to a more accessible location. We also want to give it a specific purpose: mapping the CCTV surveillance cameras in downtown Boston.
We setup cctv.masspirates.org to show the cameras that people have mapped in Open Street Map. We have used a number of tools to add the cameras we find to the map. It is still a bit of a hobby, but it is past time to get people using it.
We have mapped some of Cambridge and Somerville, but much of downtown Boston remains unexplored. This August, we aim to have a fun time fixing that. We need to know just how much we are under surveillance in public spaces.
Help pick the date for this outing. Please submit your vote by noon tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th.
On the day, we will meet for lunch on Boston Common, then go out and map surveillance cameras. We will show you how to map cameras using Open Street Map software on your smart phone or on a paper map for later data entry.
Looking forward to seeing you there!