The online mapping initiative. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan.
The timing of the announcement and the initiative itself may have something to do with criticism Google has received recently over displaying pre Katrina images of New Orleans in Google Maps, but regardless of the motivation I applaud both Google and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for using technology to help prevent atrocities around the world.
Crisis in Darfur is the first project of the Museum�s Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative that will over time include information on potential genocides allowing citizens, governments, and institutions to access information on atrocities in their nascent stages and respond.
The museum is also making use of Google Earth to map the Holocaust. The museum will be mapping key Holocaust locations and add historic content from it’s collection. Each location on the map will link to a featured article with images, clips, and film footage among other documents.