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BFI's EARTHscope distributed as part of viral web campaign about alarming losses of biodiversity
A new and much simplified version of EARTHscope™ has been developed to feature geo-stories about key fronts in the race to protect the web of life. The EARTHScope content is part of an online campaign focused on human induced mass extinction, an issue that has reached crisis proportions but has yet to reach a tippping point of public awareness like global warming.
BFI's web based geo-story telling tool was incorporated into the campaign as a way to provide a 'learn more' option to viewers of The (Bio) Da Versity Code, an animated parody of The Da Vinci Code which serves as a highly engaging front end to the campaign. BFI produced the accompanying geo-stories with scientific and editorial advice from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.

A notable group of leading conservation organizations is participating in a coordinated e-blast to approximately 1,000,000 constituents to launch the campaign. Launch partners include the World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, The Center for Biological Diversity, The World Conservation Union, The Endangered Species Coalition, and the Species Alliance.

The EARTHscope™ presentation begins with a short narrated slide show overview of the extinction issue which takes viewers to an elegant map based navigation scheme featuring a choice of two different versions of the Fuller Projection. There are 5 geo-stories to choose from, three explore threats to and conservation of three distinct yet related ecosystems; mangrove forests, the amazon rainforest, and coral reefs, and two delve into significant drivers of biodiversity loss; global warming and invasive species.

Each geo-story contains an introductory narrated slide show and five to eight chapters or sections complete with text, references, pop-up maps, charts, photos and hyperlinks. The content provided to date for such a complex and far reaching topic is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Fortunately, the new EARTHscope platform makes it cost effective and simple to add new content modules.

The campaign was funded by the Threshold Foundation which is seeking to use new media to proactively address societal awareness of mass extinction and our responsibility in creating and reversing it.

EARTHscope Update Winter 2005/06
We are proud to announce the launch of two geo-stories. These presentations feature the ES engine and an updated interface.

The great feedback we received from our content partners at Native Lands and Green Map System helped us improve the EARTHscope's usability, and led to developing features (such as more flexible content delivery and "jump-to" map navigation ) for more powerful map-based presentations. We've also added IMS integration to the EARTHscope's capabilities, greatly expanding our geo-storytelling capabilities. See below for details.

Geo-story: LoMap
The complete LoMap geo-story will soon be online! This interactive version of Green Map System's popular youth map features neighborhood close-ups, over 100 pop-up site descriptions, in-depth information on the story behind the map, and tools for starting your own Green Mapping project.

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Highlight from the LoMap Geo-story.

Geo-story Demo: Native Lands
Check out Mapping for Indigenous Empowerment and Conservation, produced in collaboration with the Center for Native Lands. This geo-story highlights Native Lands' groundbreaking work with native peoples to map their own territories to help preserve tribal territories, cultures, and ecosystems.

This geo-story features regional maps (first published by National Geographic) and recently completed local maps of the Kuna Yala people in Panama. The final version will include expanded content and a Spanish translation.

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Center for the Support of Native Lands
R&D Update: Internet Map Service (IMS)
We are delighted to report that the ES Team has successfully integrated Internet Map Service (IMS) technology with basic GIS (Geographic Information System) functionality into EARTHscope's Flash platform. This step is a result of the talented efforts of Phillip Mielke (GIS developer for the EARTHscope team), with the support of Robert Flores at ESRI (world leaders in GIS).

GIS/IMS-Enabled EARTHscope
Since Flash uses vector graphics as an efficient graphic display format it makes for a natural evolution to integrate GIS formatted data (vector shape files exported to TIFFs) into the Flash environment. We recently built IMS functionality into EARTHscope to allow seamless importation of shape files from any map server in the world, such as through the Geography Network. This will allow students and teachers to easily import GIS data as they prepare maps, graphs, text, and images for a complete presentation powered by EARTHscope. At each level of zoom, from global to local, IMS technology redraws the map to match the resolution of available data. An ES/IMS demo featuring the world's most accurate global population data set is in the works. Stay tuned for updates!  

EARTHscope in Print
Latest EARTHscope Info Sheet  LoRes 408k pdf>>> | HiRes 2.3m pdf>>>
EARTHscope Kiosk  LoRes 608k pdf>>> | HiRes 1.1m pdf>>>
ES-SP: Geostory Self-Publishing System Whitepaper LoRes 283k pdf>>>
ES Project Overview  HiRes 2.3m Word doc>>>

EARTHscope is project of the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI),
and the leading edge of our spaceshipEARTH initiative.