The NASA project “Digital Earth Watch” (DEW) involves the documentation of environmental data collected by satellite as well as “ground-level” investigation. The collection of so-called “ground level” information is gathered by the crowd. Therefore, interested residents, students and public organizations are being encouraged to take part in the “Picture Post” project.
The project is based on a citizen scientist community group funded by the NASA. The “Picture Post” is a specially developed tripod that enables crowd users to take panorama shots of a specific location in the landscape with their digital camera and monitor the environment.
The Picture Post Tripod
The “Picture Post” is a wooden post that is firmly mounted into the ground. A wooden octagon is secured to a small platform located on the top of the post. The octagon serves as a platform on which to rest the camera. Panorama photographs can be taken by placing the camera against each of the eight sides and on the top of the platform (looking at the sky). This creates a 360-degree panorama image of the landscape in a specific place divided into the points of the compass: North, North-East, East etc. The tripod ensures the comparability of the panorama images and simplifies monitoring.
The photographs can be uploaded by all the participants at the following website: https://picturepost.unh.edu/. The individual panoramas are generated and archived with information indicating the date and time of day the photographs were taken.
Individuals or organizations interested in participating in the project can purchase a mounting platform on the Picture Post project website for a fee of 25$. Picture posts are often installed for free access in public areas making the project accessible to everyone without having to install a post oneself.
Find Out More
If you want more information about this crowdsourcing project you can visit the project website https://picturepost.unh.edu/ and take a look at the panoramas that have already been uploaded.
Dieser Artikel wurde am 12.January 2012 von mandy
Cookies are small text files that are cached when you visit a website to make the user experience more efficient.
We are allowed to store cookies on your device if they are absolutely necessary for the operation of the site. For all other cookies we need your consent.
You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website. Find the link to your settings in our footer.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot properly without these cookies.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as additional cookies.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!