Four days ago Facebook announced it is killing Moves, a smartphone app that lets you collect your continuous GPS data. People could download their location data, donate it to research, and connect it to other apps.
Soon Moves will be dead – and there is no obvious replacement. But there could be.
OpenPaths is a similar tool, developed seven years ago by a team at the New York Times Research & Development Group. It had an ethos that matched our own – it empowered its users, gave them access to their data, and the ability to share with projects. The NYT team handed OpenPaths to an academic group at UCSD. And late last year, UCSD gave it to us.
OpenPaths was like Open Humans before we existed – and by some amazing act of fate, we have inherited it. It could be something better than Moves: a nonprofit, open source tool that strives to empower the community that maintains it.
But OpenPaths is broken, and we need help to fix it!