It's Day 6 of the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, and there's still a lot of confusion around what happened.
Enter DigitalGlobe. The company is getting imagery from the Gulf of Thailand from its five satellites and wants your help to sift through it for clues using the crowdsourcing platform Tomnod.
This isn't the first time DigitalGlobe had issued such a challenge. Last year, the company urged users to analyze damage from Typhoon Haiyan.
This time, users can tag anything they see in the imagery, from plane wreckage to oil slicks. A computer algorithm will cross-check the tags, which will be reviewed by expert analysts.
As of Wednesday, Shay Har-Noy, DigitalGlobe's senior director of geospatial big data, says the site has seen more than 2 million participants, more than 98 million map views and more than 645,000 tagged features, but those numbers are rapidly changing.
"We've seen great progress," Har-Noy says. The challenge is "we're looking for a needle in a haystack, except the haystack is a giant body of water."
Despite that, the outpouring of support for the effort has been "unprecedented." So much so, that at one point, users couldn't access the site or maps.
Since then, Har-Noy says, the kinks have been worked out, and users are back in stride.
On Twitter, Tomnod users share what they've seeing. Canadian Maven (@cdnmaven), for instance, reported finding leftover debris from the 1999 crash of Egypt Air 990.