Robotics Alley has unveiled the world’s first searchable, crowdsourced map of the booming global robotics industry.
Already populated with more than 1,300 robotics-related organizations from around the world, TheRoboticsMap.com integrates best practices from open-source intelligence gathering and crowdsourcing to build a flexible, ever-expanding map of robotics organizations, including manufacturers, suppliers, research organizations and university robotics departments.
This tool is expected to include more than 5,000 organizations by January 2013 and upwards of 10,000 by the end of next year as more international entries are added to the site.
Researchers, investors, policy makers, educators and suppliers will use the map to connect with one another and source technologies and expertise that are pertinent to their goals.
Anyone can visit the map and add their organization to the database, and each new entry is vetted prior to publication within the map. The map is searchable by region, market sector or company name, making it easy for organizations to add or update their information.
Robotics Alley is a robotics industry public-private initiative based in Minnesota, USA.
"As we move forward, this map will be a living, visual representation of the evolution of robotics on a global scale, leveraging the power of crowd-based analysis and the evolving insights of global knowledge management," said Andrew Borene, executive director of Robotics Alley.
"Free access to the map and an easy-to-use self-populating administration feature will allow for the continued expansion of the data set as the sector expands."