Crowdsourcing May Help Find Malaysia Flight 370

Crowdsourcing May Help Find Malaysia Flight 370

Jennifer Hunter
Mar 12, 2014
(Image credit: Tomnod)

Crowdsourcing is getting a new and important purpose. Now, you (and millions of others) could make a difference in locating Malaysia Flight 370, the airplane carrying 239 people which disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday and is still missing.

DigitalGlobe, a Colorado satellite imaging company, has created the means to allow the public to help with the needle-in-a-haystack style search. It's now believed that the plane was hundreds of miles off its planned route, making the seach area even larger and more overwhelming. Using its satellite cameras aimed at the Gulf of Thailand, DigitalGlobe has begun posting high resolution images of the ocean to the website Tomnod.

The idea is for everyday people to spend some time scanning the images and tag anything that they think looks like a clue as to the whereabouts of the missing plane. An algorithm will then compile the data into credible places for real-life searches to take place. It's a small thing you can do to be a part of a much bigger solution to provide answers for the families of the people on board.

To participate visit Tomnod.

Via: ABC News

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