Hey all - I'm a Master in City Planning student, working with a professor who is interested in the potential uses of various internet tools for urban planning and design. One thing in particular we're looking at is the use of Google or other web-based mapping tools (ie, not Google Earth) that allow users to tag the maps with their own data (ie, descriptions of locations, photographs, etc...)
I have found a number of helpful threads that have already discussed this topic, including this one. There are obviously great sites out there that mashup Google Maps to locate things like restaurants, parks, etc., but many of these are static and do not allow users to submit their own information.
However, with sites like ZeeMaps, OpenStreetMap, and even Google's own map editing capabilities it's now pretty easy for any lay person (ie, non-GIS expert) to compile and dislpay geospatial data. I've run across sites that allow people to submit the locations of potholes that need to be filled, or identify properties that are infested with bedbugs.
SO -- it seems to me that these tools would be useful in larger scale urban planning and design initiatives, like presenting images of unsafe areas in a public park to focus on during a redesign, or something to that effect.
Have any Cyburbians employed tools like this in your work? If not where you work, do you know of any places that have? Even if there are no uses at this scale, I am still interested in finding examples of tagged maps that have some relation to planning, if even to identify potholes and bedbugs.
Text descriptions of examples are good, links to maps are even better (even if the process is done or there has been no data added for a while).