RDTN.org's Kickstarter video

Video Link. About the project:

RDTN.org is a website whose purpose is to provide an aggregate feed of nuclear radiation data from governmental, non-governmental and citizen-scientist sources. That data will be made available to everyone, including scientists and nuclear experts who can provide context for lay people. In the weeks following launch, it has become evident that there is a need for additional radiation reporting from the ground in Japan. This Kickstarter project will help us purchase up to 600 Geiger Counter devices that will be deployed to Japan. (The project minimum will fund 100 devices). The data captured from these devices will feed into the RDTN.org website and will also be made available for others to use via Pachube, an open-source platform for monitoring sensor data globally. RDTN.org field members will be trained by RDTN.org advisors to properly use these devices. The field members will be required to report to the website 8-10 times per day.

More here. (via Joi Ito and Sean Bonner)


  1. Report 8 to 10 times a day?! I only report twice a day. But at least I’m in the same city as a couple of those guys.

  2. http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/saigaijohou/syousai/1303723.htm

    Hourly reports for every prefecture in Japan are already available through scientist Ryugo Hayano and the Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education) at the above link.

    This kickstarter project as a whole is not invalidated by this, but the immediate significance of such readings and their availability in Japan seems to be unknown or underreported, likely due to the information only being available in Japanese. This was not hard to find as a Tokyo resident with good language skills, and I have been monitoring it since a day or two after the earthquake.

    Still, another net of sensors can’t hurt…

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