Connecting Curious Dots

On the intersection of technology, culture, and everyday life: My semi-updated space to collect and link my thoughts about interesting things I spot.

Zooming with Google into Darfur

Googledarfur I remember the first time I saw Google Earth.  After exclaiming, "Wow! Cool!"  the first address I searched for and zoomed into was my apartment’s street number.  Aside from gaining a bird’s eye view on where one lives, people can also use Google Earth to gain a closer view on faraway places. 

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has collaborated with Google Earth to create a unique zoom into unfamiliar and unsought for addresses, the locations of crises in Darfur.  People can visually navigate into the 133,000 plus homes, schools, mosques, and buildings burned to the ground.   The topographical images are fuzzier than those of Manhattan’s avenues, however quotes, photos, and videos, interspersed with icons flagging the areas of destruction, spotlight incidents, people, and places affected by the genocide and create another close-up of the ground.  Perhaps a future tool for aid workers and policy makers, there is definitely also an advocacy (click and learn more) bent.  The folks at the Holocaust Memorial Museum are hoping Joe Public will zoom here as carefully as he zooms into his own home. 

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2007 by in Art and Activism, Visualization.
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