Gigapans and the Social Sciences

posted Nov 9, 2010, 10:07 AM by Yoni Afek
Author:
Karl Kindt; Lewis, Rice & Fingersh; Webster University; Southwestern Illinois College.

Forensic scientists, social scientists, educators, attorneys and real estate agents have been provided with a remarkable tool for analysis and marketing with the advent of gigapan imagery. The key to use of this new imaging technology is imagination. IMAGINE how the technology can be used to deepen the understanding of moments in time. Although a gigapan image might take 20 minutes to create if a large area is being imaged, that 20 minutes reveals a place in time like no other human technology and preserves for future generations of educators and social scientists an aspect of reality never before captured. Those who study the works of culture and art either to understand humanity or to forensically determine validity of an artifact now have a tool to study the significance of fine details in the context of the whole.

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Yoni Afek,
Nov 9, 2010, 10:10 AM
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