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Blog

National Geographic Assignment Blog <hearts> Tomnod

Last month, photographer Ben Horton went to Haiti to document life there one year after the earthquake. In a striking post on the National Geographic Assignment Blog Ben showed us the destruction and hope that is still dominating the Haiti population. In a more recent post on the NGA Blog, the Tomnod 3D Explorer was used to provide geographical context for Ben's exploration along with before and after satellite imagery. Check it out: An Unexpected Perspective of the Haiti Assignment – It’s From Space

Tomnod a Webby Award honoree!

One of Tomnod founder's recent projects has been honored at the Webby Awards. The Webby's -- "the online Oscars" -- annually recognize excellence on the Internet. Tomnod founder's recent collaboration with National Geographic and UCSD to crowdsource the search for the tomb of Genghis Khan has been listed as an honoree in the Science category. We're extremely proud to receive this honor and acknowledge the excellent team that contributed to this project: National Geographic Digital Media, especially Amy Bucci and Susan Poulton, Digitaria, a world-leader in digital interaction and design, The Valley of the Khans project, especially our Mongolian team-mates, UCSD researchers Andrew Huynh, Gert Lanckriet, Josh Lewis, Derek Lomas and David Vanoni, ... and the thousands of online explorers who contributed to the search!

Crowdsourcing the Tomb of Genghis Khan

The Washington Post featured a story today about the Tomnod founders work on using crowdsourcing to search for the tomb of Genghis Khan. Working with National Geographic and UC San Diego, we traveled into the Mongolian wilderness to follow up on discoveries made by thousands of citizen scientists who examined satellite images online. The expedition made numerous archaeological finds brings us closer to unraveling the mystery around the greatest conqueror the world has ever seen. A Mongolian burial mound Read the full story or participate in the online expedition at: exploration.nationalgeographic.com/mongolia/ Tomnod now offers similar online crowdsourcing platforms, image tagging interfaces and CrowdRank technology for collecting the input of thousands of online contributors and aggregating them into real discoveries.

Damage at the Fukushima Nuclear Sites

Thanks to some recent data made available by Google and GeoEye we created a Tomnod 3D explorer module to show the damage near the Nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan. The amount of damage at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is particularly disturbing. Please consider making a donation to help with the relief efforts: Google Checkout Japan Donation page. To view the explorer you will need to download the Google Earth Plugin. Use the arrows and before/after buttons to navigate. Click on the embed link below to include this on your site!


Tomnod 3D Explorer for Sendai Damage

We put together a Tomnod 3D explorer module to highlight some of the areas in Sendai Japan damaged during the 2011 Japan tsunami and earthquake. The visualization uses GeoEye data recently made available by the folks at Google. You will need to download the Google Earth Plugin. Use the arrows and before/after buttons to navigate. Click on the embed link below to include this on your site!


Also, livingsocial will match your $5 donations to the Red Cross: Living Social Japan Relief (expired) Also, consider making a donation to help with the relief efforts: Google Checkout Japan Donation page.

Amazing footage of the 2011 Japan Tsunami

Its amazing how quickly the water came in. Some areas only had 10 minutes between the earthquake and the arrival of the water.

USGS & xkcd Tracking Earthquakes via Twitter

The U.S. Geological Survey and xkcd are both looking to twitter for earthquake detection.

U.S. Geological Survey: Twitter Earthquake Detector (TED) The U.S. Geological Survey is using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support a student who’s investigating social Internet technologies as a way to quickly gather information about recent earthquakes. In this exploratory effort, the USGS is developing a system that gathers real-time, earthquake-related messages from the social networking site Twitter and applies place, time, and key word filtering to gather geo-located accounts of shaking. This approach provides rapid first-impression narratives and, potentially, photos from people at the hazard’s location. The potential for earthquake detection in populated but sparsely seismicly-instrumented regions is also being investigated. Social Internet technologies are providing the general public with anecdotal earthquake hazard information before scientific information has been published from authoritative sources. People local to an event are able to publish information via these technologies within seconds of their occurrence. In contrast, depending on the location of the earthquake, scientific alerts can take between 2 to 20 minutes. By adopting and embracing these new technologies, the USGS potentially can augment its earthquake response products and the delivery of hazard information. For more information on this project, please e-mail USGSted@usgs.gov or follow @USGSted on Twitter. Read more information about the USGS Earthquake Program.



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Google - Japan 2011 Earthquake - Person Finder

If you've heard from friends or family who are safe, you can share the good news through the Google Person Finder.

The Disaster Blog

Tomnod - The Crowdsourcing Company Presents The Disaster Blog
There are a lot of people who want to help our friends in Japan and all others who have been touched by the recent disaster. Financial donations are one way to help, but it's not an option for everyone. This leaves a lot of good people who are short on money and long on time, feeling even worse. Here at Tomnod we want to provide ways for you to help by providing information instead of money.

We will post articles and information here and let you know how you can help by contributing a little time online building answers to the big questions we all have.

  • How bad is it?
  • Who will be affected?
  • Where are the people who need the most help?
  • What can I do?



If you find something you'd like us to share here, feel free to email me at katie@tomnod.com.

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