Is Zoom.it going to die?

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Over time I've build an application with the zoom.it API, which allows a fast growing community to compare daily mid resolution satellite images covering the Arctic provided by NASA.

http://www.arctic.io/split-zoom/

Now the yearly sea ice minimum is close and there is even more interest. Scientists compare visible sea ice concentration against models, enthusiasts follow drifting ice bergs, laymen enjoy the continuous zoom and fanatics count single flows.

It is sad to see the community collapsing because the zoom.it project apparently run out of resources at Microsoft. I think the drama happening at the warming Arctic deserves full support and the seadragon viewer is first choice to explore huge satellite images. At least that's the feedback I got from people not exactly computer experts.

I hope a solution will be provided soon and zoom.it will continue accepting new images. Anyway, some kind of feedback would be great.

Pressing thumbs,

--Torsten

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Terry Moran

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In regard to Torsen's plea above.
The applications that he has been supplying to the community that are studying Arctic Sea Ice melt have become an essential & the loss of this comparative tool for studying the minute movements of fast ice is a huge disapointment.
The largest ice island known may over the next year threaten the Hibernia Oil Platform off Newfoundland. The split Zoom's provided by Torsen offer a means of following the progress of this gigantic ice slab as it extricates itself from the shoal waters in Nares Strait and begins it's journey south.
Keeping this service available will aid everyone from armchair arctic observers to risk management professionals and scientists trying to understand the changes seen in the Arctic.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Terence Moran
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Seconded! When you consider the resources at Microsoft's disposal it would be extraordinary if you couldn't keep this essential diagnostic tool available to all those who are at minutely involved in tracking changes and evaluating their implications for all of us.

Please keep zoom.it!

Anne Berkeley
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Neven Acropolis

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Torsten created a great resource. It'd be a shame to see it get discontinued.
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John Perdue

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"...this is all supported by volunteers and I believe the key operations engineer is out of the office for the remainder of the week and through the U.S. Labor Day holiday."

Hope that someone will soon be paid to keep this going.
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Psst, a few of us who used to work on zoom.it are working on an open source equivalent. We’re planning to share rough prototype in the coming weeks to support your important work.
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Daniel,

Any more you can share with us (publicly or privately)? I'm excited about an open source alternative.

Thanks!
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Daniel Gasienica

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Yes, please reach out to me via email: daniel@gasienica.ch
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Ian Gilman

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Here's the project Daniel mentioned:

https://github.com/zoomhub/zoomhub

It's still in early stages, but it's functional. We don't have full documentation in place yet, so feel free to ask questions! We're also interested in getting feedback on what features people want.
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Daniel Gasienica

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Zoom.it is dead, long live Zoom.it! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a select few, we are back stronger than ever. See https://getsatisfaction.com/livelabs/... for more details.