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Crowdsourcing Malaysia Flight #MH370 – Campaign Comes To a Close

By DigitalGlobe | Published:

We wanted to take a moment and thank you. Your response to our search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was incredible. Over 8 million of you joined DigitalGlobe’s campaign on the Tomnod platform and together we tagged millions of possible clues spanning 1,007,750 square kilometers of high resolution satellite imagery. We are humbled and thrilled by the immense help that each of you contributed.

Search teams investigated all the promising leads we discovered but the plane has still not been found. We mourn with the families and friends of everyone on board MH370.

Although our role in this search has ended, DigitalGlobe’s Tomnod platform continues to crowdsource the world. We’re always exploring new satellite images and revealing new information about our changing planet. We’d love for you to continue to be part of the Tomnod team!

This time of year is tornado season for the United States. Multiple tornadoes swept across the South and Midwest last week, creating widespread damage. Help us with our disaster relief efforts by tagging damaged homes, buildings, and roads. http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/okartornado012014

DigitalGlobe combines our imagery with the power of the crowd to responds to important and interesting events all over the planet. Visit your Tomnod profile page and let us know the campaigns you’d like to be involved in.

It is because of dedicated contributors like you that DigitalGlobe is able to bring our Purpose: Seeing a Better World™ to life every day.

 The red strips on the map indicate imagery that was collected and crowdsourced

 

8 Responses to Crowdsourcing Malaysia Flight #MH370 – Campaign Comes To a Close

Anonymous says: June 5, 2014 at 6:24 am

I guess there could be a change of flight route of malaysian airline flight #MH370 to a close muslim country of Malaysia – Indonesia nearest airfield terminal where us and aus passengers are held as hostages. They could be shifted into that forest still alive. I guess so that the plane has been hijacked by terrorist.

DigitalGlobe says: May 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

The response to this campaign was phenomenal and we are extremely appreciative of the time, feedback and passion that everyone contributed to the Tomnod search. Every single tag was analyzed and cross-referenced and the information gathered by Tomnod’s campaign helped DigitalGlobe’s experts focus on key areas. Thanks to your help, we were able to communicate relevant findings to the search authorities, rather than have to tackle the (impossible) task of searching all of the images alone.

We debrief after every campaign and always listen to our crowd’s suggestions for how we can improve Tomnod for future campaigns. When we close a campaign on the DigitalGlobe Tomnod platform that means that we no longer update imagery for that topic. Now that official search teams are no longer searching on the surface of the ocean, please know we have done everything we can to support the search for MH370. The Tomnod crowd was instrumental in helping search a huge area with amazing speed – and we will continue to respond to important events across our ever-changing planet.

Ester Arias says: May 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Cindy Mathews I couldn´t say in a better way.. You´re right. I agree with you.

Mary Ihde says: May 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Very very disappointed I what appears to be lack of response from Tomnod after hundreds of hours of searching by so many people. Was there any follow up from Tomnod to any of the searchers? How about all those items found in the Gulf of Thailand? Neither a “yay” or “nay”. Hmmmmm..and now you have new maps to tag?

Karina Coogan says: May 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm

That doesn’t look correct to me. I know I did many maps around the Andaman Islands, yet it appears no data from there was included.

although the Tomnod system seems great, it appears to be shoddily run. There is little feedback vine to searchers, despite that feature being in the software and also utilizing their Tomnod fb page.

Many people gave up weeks of full-time and beyond work in order to help. I for one will not be helping in any more searches as I’m not convinced that Digital Globe even has a working relationship with the agencies involved in the search. There was also a lot of talk that Digital Globe gets paid by click, so it’s immaterial whether a million searchers all search the same tiles. It strikes me that 40-50 people at the most searching the same tiles is enough, and that anything more than that is waste timing people’s very precious time and manpower.

I really hope that Tomnod and DigitL Globe do formal debriefings after this, so you can learn from your mistakes and improve on them for future searches.

Pam says: May 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Can we still search what you have already took pictures of? Will you receive out tags if we really find something?

Cindy Mathews says: May 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

From what promised to be so much, has turned into so little.
Is this honestly the correct data that has been produced from all those thousands of hours tagging by so many dedicated people ?
It looks like you were overwhelmed by how many tags were made and you ignored many more than you checked. This was no help. Those poor families who had hoped that thousands of people might help find their loved ones, when infact it looks like it came down to a small team of people selectively making choices.
Big let down…massive

Cyndi Hendry says: May 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I am sorry, but did anyone examine the Gulf of Thailand? Because there are numerous objects that fit the description, size, color, markings of a 777-200ER!! And the debris is in the 40 degree zone!! I have attached a link to my catalog of the debris found to date in the GoT/SoChinaSea region. Oh, and thanks for changing all the map numbers, I really appreciate that too. I have advised the NTSB that you did that as well. Because I sent them that link too.

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