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OpenPaths (https://openpaths.cc) is a secure data locker for personal location information.
Using our iPhone app you can track your location, visualize where you've been, and upload your data to the OpenPaths website. You can then download your data from the website in a variety of friendly formats, including KML, JSON, and CSV. The OpenPaths API enables you to integrate your own software with the platform.
You can keep your location history to yourself, or you can share it with specific research initiatives, art projects, or educational programs as you so choose. The OpenPaths online interface allows you to manage who has access to your data. Your data is secure on the encrypted OpenPaths servers and cannot be accessed by anyone without your express consent.
OpenPaths is a new way for individuals to take ownership of, to work with, and to share the data that they generate in their daily lives. OpenPaths is a community project initiated by the Research and Development Lab at the New York Times Company.
- Runs in the background
- Minimal battery drain
For more information, please visit https://openpaths.cc
What's New in Version 1.1
Inaccurate to the point of worthlessness
Although the creator's TED talk is certainly inspiring and this application's UI is well-composed, the utilization of iOS's location APIs is poor at best. Overnight, with four bars and a view of the southern sky, the app will place me anywhere in a three-four mile radius—meaning that since work is three miles away, I have absolutely no valid data. Over 24 hours, I'm placed in 30 locations despite never leaving my apartment.
I honestly wanted to use this app, and while it has so much going for it: decent UI, good service integration, amazingly interesting concept— the core function of logging my location simply DOES NOT produce reliable data.
I refer you to xkcd's "tornadoguard" comic.
Crowd mapping, if that's what you're into.
If you want to track a specific path, you and I will need to look elsewhere. The screen hides typical iPhone info bar at the top (see screenshots). Power consumption when I engaged the app was noticeably faster, to the point that my charger was ineffective: in twenty minutes it had only increased two percent. Accuracy aside (they do not promise it) it seems inconsistent in the way it records: starts off leaving markers in regular intervals, then randomly stops leaving gaps which is why it's not good for paths.
Own your data
Sync failures had me lose a month of data and recently seems a little bit abandoned.
Got the app after a Jerr Thorpe talk over a year ago and loved playing with my own data in R and Python but lately the app feels pretty abandoned. Maybe time to delete sadly.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Apr 12, 2012
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 0.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: The New York Times Company (iDP)
- © 2012 The New York Times Company
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.