Shortly after the launch this week of BBC Dimensions at http://howbigreally.com, it was given a good test of how the system can respond to current events as well as bringing the scale of historical events and places home.
Max Gadney, who commissioned the project at the BBC, and KeltieCochrane (who produced the inforgraphic assets that are superimposed on the maps) collaborated to quickly produce a ‘Dimension’ based on map graphics on the BBC News site, showing the extent of the current terrible flooding in Pakistan.
Initially it’s superimposed over the UK, centred on London. When I saw it stretched from the Bay of Biscay, across Britain – to almost the tip of Norway, it gave me real pause. I went and donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
You can donate to the emergency fund at http://www.dec.org.uk