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Big Data, crowdsourcing aid search for airliner

Mar. 18, 2014 - 05:12PM   |  
By MCHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
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Big Data analytics are aiding the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

DigitalGlobe, for example, is using its crowdsourcing website Tomnod to allow the public to contribute information, according to an article in eWeek.

Tomnod houses DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery and usually is available only to the company’s customers. For this disaster, however, the company is opening the platform to the public to allow people to study thousands of miles of recent satellite imagery, according to a FastCompany report. People can tag anything they think might indicate wreckage.

According to the company, DigitalGlobe satellites collected imagery of the area where the plane first disappeared on March 9, shortly after the disappearance was announced. Two days later, the company collected more imagery from a wider area.

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