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
1. Mike Reed said on 24 August 2010...
This is quite brilliant, and chilling. It would be great to see the map cleanly, without the post code box and title at the top. And to make it bigger. I’m sure you have all of that in hand. Congrats on a little bit of genius.
2. Natalia said on 10 September 2010...
THIS WEBSITE IS SO RUBBISH, I CAN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. IT JUST IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH! I EXPECT BETTER FROM BBC BUT OF COURSE, LIKE ALWAYS, I WAS WRONG. IT IS VERY DISSAPOINTING AND I WILL NOT RELY ON YOU AGAIN.
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