Syrian Arab Republic


What if we crowdsourced satellite imagery analysis of key cities in Syria to identify evidence of mass human rights violations? This is precisely the question that my colleagues at Amnesty International USA’s Science for Human Rights Program asked me following this pilot project I coordinated for Somalia. AI-USA has done similar work in the past with their Eyes on Darfur project, which I blogged about here in 2008. But using micro-tasking with backend triangulation to crowdsource the analysis of high resolution satellite imagery for human rights purposes is definitely breaking new ground.

A staggering amount of new satellite imagery is produced every day; millions of square kilometers’ worth according to one knowledgeable colleague. This is a big... read more

Publishing Date: 12/09/2011


Syria is currently experiencing the dramatic effects of a drought that has been affecting the country since 2006. Out of a total of 1,3 million people affected by the drought, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR) and the UN in Syria estimate that some 800,000 people corresponding to 75,641 households have been severely affected. Over the past three years, their income has decreased by 90% and their assets and sources of livelihood have been severely compromised.

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National Focal Point

General Organization for Remote Sensing (GORS)


General Organization for Remote Sensing (GORS)


Tel. + 963 11 2218700


Email: gors [at]




P.O. Box 12586




Syrian Arab Republic

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