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Eyes on Darfur: Mapping Political Destruction

Ishma, Darfur, before and after attacks in 2004-2005.Ishma, Darfur, before and after attacks in 2004-2005.

‘It’s been forty years since the first images of Earth from space were captured, but the sight of our planet is still inspiring. Now, Amnesty International is harnessing the power of these images and putting them to work for human rights. Thanks to high resolution satellite imagery, human rights advocates can now document abuses anywhere in the world – even in countries that are sealed off from on-the-ground researchers. All from 280 miles above the Earth’s surface. To make the Eyes on Darfur project possible, Amnesty International acquired commercially-available high resolution satellite imagery. The images were obtained in GeoTIFF format and imported into ERDAS Imagine and ArcGIS for viewing and analysis. The analysis of the images was undertaken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to determine the extent of damage to the structures visible in each image.’

Via Eyes on Darfur

Porta Farm, Sudan, before and after attacks in 2006. Porta Farm, Sudan, before and after attacks in 2006.

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Explaining and Ordering the Heavens: A Visual History of Mapping the Universe

Explaining and Ordering the Heavens
is an online exhibition from The Library of Congress, examining evolving views of the universe over 8 centuries.

Digital Media · Paint/Illust./Mix-Media · Performativity · Public Space · Technology · Videos

The Tokyo Zoo Project

The “nav-u” U35 is a personal navigation device you can put on a bicycle.
We wanted to demonstrate the device by using the attractions of Tokyo, a city whose roads developed in irregular and complex ways.

Using the running log function of the bicycle navigation system, we started the project by drawing gigantic animal geoglyphs over Tokyo. People tweet what animals they want us to draw. From their requests, our staffers draw animals over the map.
The bike group rides all over Tokyo, logs the routes and uploads the drawing to the website immediately. Progress status with drawing and running footage are posted on Twitter in real time every day.
Fifteen animals are completed in 40 days.

The project was featured in TV news shows, newspapers, magazine articles, and over 80 online news articles. In addition, it was mentioned innumerable times on blogs and tweets. Moreover, it was also reported in other countries, and we received lots of positive feedback, support and messages of encouragement.
Before the campaign, Sony held third place in the market for navigation systems, but it rose to the first just two weeks after the start of the campaign.
A promotion for a bicycle navigation system also became a promotion for the city of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Zoo Project

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