Tomnod plane search showcases crowdsourcing

Since Flight MH370 went missing we have heard various rumors as to what happened, and with those investigating its disappearance still unable to find the plane, or its wreckage there is a way for the public to help. The Internet has come a long way in a short amount of time, and with the addition of social networking we learn things at a much faster rate.

By applying these things together a crowdsourcing project has asked the public to help find the missing plane, and now more than 3 million people are using Tomnod plane search, and as a result proves just how powerful crowdsourcing can be.

DigitalGlobe operate five commercial satellites, and are the ones who provide images for the likes of Google. The recently launched campaign has seen more than 3 million people giving up their time in the effort to find missing flight MH370, which shows there is still plenty of good people in the world.

Tomnod has recently uploaded new satellite imagery of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as well as several parts of the Indian Ocean, which was only made available to the public today thanks to the launch of the crowdsourcing project.

The number of people now searching for the missing plane is growing all the time, but having the public searching through a huge database of high-res images should surely help shorten the amount of time it takes to solve this mystery?

The founder of Tomnod said that the power of the crowdsourcing project is a huge one because his team has to look at all the clues and tags sent in from those who have signed up to join in the search, although this has been made much easier with the help of a statistical algorithm.

If you wish to search satellites for images, then you can do so HERE. You have a choice of what you want to search for, these include, Oil Slick, Wreckage, Raft or Other. You can also be kept up-to-date by what others have found by visiting the Tomnod Facebook page.

For all the latest news on Flight MH370, there are several Android apps on the Play Store, which we have already taken a look at.

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Written by Peter Chubb

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