Global Sunrise

This post is as much a thought out loud as much as anything, but who knows – maybe it’ll go somewhere…;-)

Last week, we did our first “special” with the BBC World Service Digital Planet programme (Exploring the GeoWeb with Digital Planet). Over the next week or two, we’ll be chatting over how it went and identifying – now we now a little more clearly about how we can support the programme on – what sorts of support we might be able to offer to wrap around future programmes.

So I started riffing around around the idea of travel bugs, geo-coded photos, the intereactive photo exhibits that grew up around Obama’s Presidential inauguration and such like, and wondered about a global participatory event… a global distributed photo shoot…

So here’s what I was wondering – at the next equinox (‘cos we know when that is) or the summer solstice (cos we all know when that is, too) we try to get people from all over the world to photograph the moment of sunrise (or sunset) and upload their geocoded, time stamped photos, taken on that day, just thjat day, and that day only, to flickr (or wherever). And then we make a movie of it: “Global Sunrise”.

So whaddya think?:-)

(Or has it been done already…?)

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

5 thoughts on “Global Sunrise”

  1. This seems like very good fun, and brilliant idea.
    Don’t think has been done yet. Reminds me of things like “One day in the life of…” and, envisaging the final movie, brings memories of the film Koyaanisqatsi, the Qatsi trilogy of films, and Philip Glass’s “Music for rainy days” album.

    One question… what about people who wants to contribute and lack the geotagging tech? How to not discriminate?
    PS. What a plugin!!!!!! Clapping

  2. Great idea. But I will have to subcontract the actual getting-up-early-enough-to-photograph-the-sunrise bit. How about a global elevensies movie?

    And yes, Philip Glass, Qatsi etc – good precedents. You need a strong soundtrack.

  3. If it’s sunrise/sunset then equinoxes are less hard work than solstices!

    And I confidently predict that most UK participants would have mostly cloud cover …

    But a cool idea.

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