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June Harless Center awarded GigaPan grant

Oct. 14, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, part of the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University, was recently awarded $106,000 for a GigaPan Outreach project to implement global initiatives in Marshall University Professional Development Schools.

The GigaPan camera is a simple robotic platform for capturing very high-resolution panoramic images with a standard digital camera. These images are then downloaded onto a computer where the software stitches the pictures together to create a single navigable image. These images are easily stored on the web, browsed and zoomed.

The grant, which was funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, will enable local and regional students to take GigaPan panoramic images of their communities and activities and share them with peers across the world.

These massive gigapixel-sized images can be uploaded to the free user community site (gigapan.org) which allows images to be shared, stored, commented on, linked and embedded onto any web site. When looking at the final GigaPan image, users can view the entire panoramic or zoom into the minutest detail with full resolution.

The goal of the grant is to foster a spirit of global citizenship and understanding using technology in a safe forum for young people to share thoughts and ideas about their world.

GigaPan is a collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University and NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google.

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