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New Algorithm Boosts Crowd-sourced Maps for Natural Disasters

Humanitarian workers delivering aid to regions hit by natural disasters might find it a little easier to reach people most in need of help following new advances in crowd-sourced mapping technology, researchers said on Wednesday. Traditional maps often do not give rescue workers the information they need when disasters strike, such as which buildings and bridges have been destroyed. Crowd-mapping, where volunteers on the ground send real-time information about which roads are open and...

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