Created at MIT in 2007 with Leonardo Bonanni, David Zwarg and professors Hiroshi Ishii and Chris Csikszentmihályi, Sourcemap was designed as a platform for sharing open supply chains and evaluting social and environmental impact. It was a collaboration between the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Tangible Media Group. As an academic project, all of the data and software behind the platform has been made available under open source licenses.
Early Awards and Press
- Gold Prize, Open Source Software World Challenge, Seoul.
- Lauréat Netexplo, French Senate, Paris.
- “Checking the Tag,” Report on Business, The Globe and Mail, April 2010.
- “Sourcemap,” The I.D. 40: 40 Transformative Design Projects and the People Behind Them. ID Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010.
- “Sourcemap Makes Data Visualizations Transparent”, PBS Idealab, March 31, 2010.
- “See Where Stuff Comes From with SourceMap”, Treehugger & “Where’s My iPod Made? SourceMap Has the Answer”, Fast Company, October 2009.
Since graduating MIT, Sourcemap has become a company (sourcemap.com) under the direction of my colleague Leo Bonanni. Its mission, founded on the principle that people have a right to know where products come from, is to be the first crowdsourced directory of supply chains and environmental footprints.