A little over three years ago I completed the Bloody Borders Project and Dymphna posted about it here at Gates of Vienna. The original Flash animation was huge and unwieldy, but earlier today Vlad Tepes kindly upgraded it to YouTube for us, so that I can embed it here:
The preparations for the final animation (covering the period from 9-11-2001 to 2-22-2006)took nearly four months to complete. The incident data used for the images was provided by The Religion of Peace, but the biggest job was to find each location and supply the longitude and latitude coordinates for it. The rest of the work involved writing the image-creation software and preparing the background images.
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My original plan was to revisit the data and update the information and the images every month or so, but this proved unworkable. Much of the process was automated, but the most time-consuming part was finding all the place names on a map. The Falling Rain website was immensely helpful, especially when supplemented with additional online maps, but given the remote locations and all the variant spellings, each data point could take up to ten or fifteen minutes to plot.
All Islamic terror attacks from 9-11-2001 to 2-22-2006
Do you know how many tiny hamlets there are in Kashmir alone?
There have been thousands of Islamic terrorist attacks since then, so the task is now simply too daunting to undertake. At about the same time that I finished the project, Gates of Vienna became more well-known (or notorious, if you prefer), and this increased the amount of time it took to maintain our blog, reducing my spare time even further.
As a result, I had to put the Bloody Borders Project on the shelf. But I didn’t forget about it.
Today our distributed network is much larger than it was back then, so I’m hoping to get some help with updating the project. Here’s the bleg:
|1.||Does anyone know of a locating application that can pin latitude and longitude to a given place name?|
|2.||If #1 becomes doable, and the data can be obtained, can anyone help with assigning the coordinates to each location?|
I can supply database structure and data when required, and the software is already written to process the information. But I no longer have the spare time to do that kind of data entry work myself, unfortunately.
If anybody has any ideas or services to offer, please give me a shout [unspiek (at) chromatism.net] or leave a comment.