What is Safecast?
Safecast is a volunteer driven non-profit organization whose goal is to create useful and accessible environmental data for public information and research. Begun in response to the nuclear disaster in Japan in March, 2011, Safecast collects radiation and other environmental data from all over the world. All Safecast data is published, free of charge under licence.
Safecast’s mission is to provide citizens worldwide with the tools they need to inform themselves by gathering and sharing accurate environmental data in an open and participatory fashion. They aim to empower people with data about their environments.
They believe that having more freely available open data is better for everyone. They believe in openness, and believe that only open data is trustworthy data. Safecast says it is “pro-data.” Safecast believe that independence, transparency, and openness are essential and the key to their credibility
Where is the business based?
The business has offices in Shibuya in Japan but has a global reach.
What do they sell?
They get donations and are supported by charitable giving but also sell radiation monitoring devices.
Why do we like them?
We love citizen science and Safecast is at the vanguard of this movement. We particularly like their approach to using open citizen science for the environment.
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