DigitalGlobe turns to crowdsourcing in search for missing Malaysia plane.


DigitalGlobe turns to crowdsourcing in search for missing Malaysia plane.

A US-based satellite imaging company has recently launched a crowdsourcing campaign in hopes of helping locate the recently missing Boeing 777, of the Malaysia Airlines jet.

The operators behind the commercial imaging satellites, DigitalGlobe, has made a bunch of captured, high-resolution images from past weekend of the area of disappearance, that showed evidence of the plane with over 239 people on board may have crashed into the sea.

Wanted Volunteers.

The company has been asking for volunteers to log onto the Tomnod website and search through images in hopes of finding something that could reveal a clue of this recent tragic mystery.Over 3200 square of kilometers of imagery has been posted up by the site for volunteers to continue sift through. More images will continue to be uploaded in the next twenty-four hours.

“For people who aren’t able to drive a boat through the Pacific Ocean to get to the Malaysian peninsula, or who can’t fly aeroplanes to look there, this is a way that they can contribute and try to help out,” DigitalGlobe’s Luke Barrington told US news network ABC News.

Collective Information.

So Far Over 25,000 people have signed up to volunteer on Tomnod crowdsourcing and have been notified of the new search by emails on Tuesday morning. Users can zoom in with each satellite image and place a pin if they notice anything that might be a clue of the wreckage. An algorithm will be running that overlaps the tags that have the most pinned spots by multiple people.

A Expert analysts will follow through by examining the tags to identify the most pinned and notable areas and share this information with authorities.

“We’ll say ‘here are our top 10 suspicious or interesting locations’,” Barrington said. “Is it really an aircraft wing that’s been chopped in half or is this some other debris floating on the ocean? We may not be 100 per cent sure, but if this is where I had to go pick a location to go looking for needles in this big haystack, this is where I’d start.”


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