Chinese search engine Baidu has launched an image retrieval campaign to recreate a 360-degree panoramic view of Nepal and the cultural relics that were wiped out by last week’s devastating earthquake.
The company is now seeking help from anyone who’s traveled to the country and taken photos there. Web users can simply upload their images to Baidu, and the collection will be digitally stitched together to bring back historic architecture shattered in the 7.8-magnitude quake.
Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, explained in a post to Facebook that once completed, web users will be able to “walk around” in an immersive map of the country’s lost sites.
In order to [carry out the project], our Quanjing Map team needs to process massive amounts of image data, and so we’re now collecting photos from people who have been to Nepal and taken pictures of the cultural sites, including the Bhimsen Tower （达拉哈拉塔）, Swayambhunath (斯瓦扬布纳特寺), Bodhnath (博达哈大佛塔) and Durbar Square （杜巴广场）in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.
It doesn’t matter whether there are people on the photos, as long as the are no obvious logos or watermarks on them and the pictures are clear enough. We may not get back to you immediately after your upload, but you have a chance to take part in an important digital restoration project, and we think you’ll be amazed when the immersive imagery is finally done!