Syria is perhaps the most uniquely documented conflict in history. Hundreds of videos a day surface on YouTube, often showing attacks in nondescript urban environments. Precisely locating these urban environments through digital cartography, often within minutes, is an essential practice changing the way journalists work, and the way the world understands these towns and cities. Using real life examples, Storyful’s Adam Thomas shows how footage from both sides of Syria’s conflict can be used in parallel alongside digital investigations of online maps to identify what is happening in Syria’s streets.
Adam Thomas is the Director of Business Development at Storyful where he is responsible for shaping and executing the strategy that turns Storyful into a business of global scale and consequence. Prior to working for Storyful, Adam worked for Sourcefabric the innovative tech company, which provides software and content management systems for open and collaborative journalism. His work with news organisations in Africa was honoured with an African News Innovation Challenge prize in 2012, and he has played a pivotal role in teams that have won a Guardian Digital Innovation Award and a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism.