AIA News

February 17, 2016

AIA Trustee Sarah Parcak to Use TED Prize Money for Crowdsourcing on Archaeological Sites

In November 2015, TED announced that AIA Trustee Sarah Parcak (University of Alabama at Birmingham) would receive the prestigious $1 million 2016 TED Prize for a project of her design. The New York Times now reports what Prof. Parcak plans to do with the grant: building “an online interactive citizen science platform to allow anyone with a computer to discover and monitor archaeological sites.” 

By this summer, anyone interested in participating will be able to take a simple tutorial and receive pre-processed satellite images to monitor. Any crowdsourced finds, including signs of looting, will be shared with experts and local authorities for further investigation. 

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