Community Insight: User Contributed Map Data... with a Purpose

Josh Knauer (Rhiza Labs)

Communities generate lots of maps, but they’re not effectively shared for better decision making. Rhiza Labs introduces Community Insight as a platform for sharing complex map data, creating data analysis online, and networking with experts. It is designed to be accessible and usable by policy wonks, concerned citizens, and academic researchers alike. The product is being used in conservation science on databasin.org to connect policy advocates with science data, where issues of trust, provenance, and accuracy abound.

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Josh Knauer

Rhiza Labs

Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs, has been a social entrepreneur for the past 20 years, creating and leading successful organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. His ability to spot emerging trends in technology and how they can be used for the betterment of society and the environment have caused him to be considered a leading expert in the field. He’s been featured in Time, Fortune, Newsweek and Wired magazines, and was even named a New Media Hero by the Utne Reader.

Prior to heading up MAYA Design’s Information Commons research effort, Josh founded and was the Executive Director of the EnviroLink Network, the Internet’s largest and most complete environmental information resource, in 1991. He went on to become the Founder and CEO of GreenMarketplace.com, an e-commerce site for socially and environmentally responsible products, services, and information. In 2002, Knauer sold GreenMarketplace.com to Gaiam.

Josh lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, children and dog. When not starting up a new business, he can be found in his garden tending organic and heirloom vegetables or out hiking in the woods.

  • Autodesk
  • Google
  • ESRI
  • Nokia
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Earthscape
  • EveryScape.com
  • LightPole
  • MapJack
  • MapQuest
  • MetaCarta
  • Microsoft
  • Poly9
  • Skyhook Wireless
  • TeleAtlas
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zvents
  • BNet

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