Äventyret

Searching for MH370 — using open web resources

Over the weekend, authorities released new data on the possible last known location of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. I put that data into Google Earth, as that is the best search tool for crowdsourced efforts. But this morning at Äventyret, we decided to also put all potential landing sites in range of that flight in Google Earth.

Fortunately, a lot of the work was already done. OurAirports keeps a downloadable global database of airports, both large and small, open and closed. We modified the dataset to keep all Asian airports, but removed Russian airports and added Western Australian airports. We then imported this data into Google Outreach’s Spreadsheet Mapper, which is a tool for converting spreadsheet data into a format usable by Google Earth. The result: Over 3500 potential landing sites in range of MH370.

Here is the KMZ file, to download and open in Google Earth. Read more about the process here.

mh370-landing2

It’s really remarkable what resources we have at our disposal on the open web: A global dataset of airports, a virtual Earth full of high-resolution imagery, and the tools to visualize one on top of the other. And yet it’s worth being humble about the limits of this technology too — after all, MH370 is still missing.

/ Posted by Stefan Geens (Employee 2014-2017)

si
The Swedish Institute conducts public diplomacy on behalf of Sweden, promoting the exchange of culture, education and research between Sweden and the world. Äventyret is the Swedish Institute’s partner for innovation and service design. www.si.se
visitsweden
VisitSweden is the national tourism organization responsible for promoting Sweden as a travel destination globally. Äventyret conducts strategy and concept development projects for VisitSweden, including trend monitoring and business intelligence. www.visitsweden.com
samsung
Samsung is a pioneer in virtual reality hardware, building the first consumer VR headset, the Gear VR. Via our partner 360Cities, Samsung commissioned an app for the Gear VR. We developed “360Stories”, which allows photographers to create immersive stories from their panoramas. www.samsung.com
aktivbo
AktivBo provides housing and real estate companies with business management materials for the purpose of creating better housing, a better work environment and more satisfied owners. Äventyret is partner to AktivBo for digital service design for the Swedish and German markets. www.aktivbo.com
almega1
Almega is a service company organization and the largest group within the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Äventyret is Almega’s strategic partner for digital innovation, communication and service design. www.almega.se
boob
Boob creates sustainable pregnancy and breastfeeding clothes for mothers worldwide. Äventyret is Boob’s partner for the concept and design of digital services. Together with Boob we developed their e-commerce site www.boobdesign.com
chef_logo1
Chef creates the largest leadership magazine in the Nordic region and operates a number of successful digital media businesses. Äventyret has been Chef’s preferred digital partner since 2016. www.chef.se
lrf1
LRF Media is a Swedish publishing house, focusing on the countryside and the green sector. Äventyret has been developing strategy, concept and design for a number of LRF Media’s digital strategic investments since 2015. www.lrfmedia.se | www.land.se
onepix
Onepix is the most popular clinical image management system in Scandinavia, and is currently used in more than 7,000 treatment rooms throughout the Scandinavian region. In 2016, Äventyret produced interaction and interface designs (as well as new graphics profiles) for the new version of Onepix. www.onepix.se
qvalia-3
Qvalia helps its customers optimize their financial flows. Äventyret is Qvalia’s partner for service design; together we are building digital products and services that are revolutionizing how corporate payments work. www.qvalia.com
sami
SAMI is a financial association (non-profit) that represents practitioners who play and sing on recorded works. Members are artists and musicians. Customers are companies and businesses that play their music. Äventyret has worked on service design for SAMI since 2016. www.sami.se
sunfleet
Sunfleet is Volvo’s car sharing service in Sweden. Äventyret developed multiple iterations of a digital prototype for Sunfleet, aimed at a more efficient booking experience. www.sunfleet.com
txcn-logo
Telenor Connexion designs, develops and operates business solutions for connected products and services. Äventyret is the global partner of Telenor Connexions for digital communication. www.telenorconnexion.com
tis_logo
Tourism in Skåne (TiS) is the official marketing and development company for the region of Skåne. During 2015-2016, Äventyret worked on digitalization strategies together with TiS. www.tourisminskane.com
ukk_logo
Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (UKK) is a cultural center in Uppsala. Äventyret has been preferred digital partner to UKK since 2016. www.ukk.se