Frequently Asked Questions

Digital Media Content

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Digital Media Content

What is a Gigapan and how is it created?

  • A Gigapan panorama is a large (gigapixel) composite picture that is constructed out of many individual and partially overlapping images.
    These images are assembled into a single panorama using stitching software to produce an image pyramid of images that show progressively greater detail.
    Similar to Google Maps, the user can double click on a Gigapan to be able to zoom into the area of interest.
  • The individual and overlapping images can be taken by hand or using a robotic camera mount, such as the one produced by Gigapan Systems.
  • Gigapans can be uploaded and hosted for free on
  • Gigapan has been developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with NASA Ames Intelligent Systems Division's Robotics Group and Google. Its goal is to facilitate the taking of large (gigapixel) composite pictures, presenting the data as a single image and providing efficient web access, browsing and zooming of such images.

What is a Photosynth and how is it created?

  • Photosynth analyzes digital photographs to generate a three-dimensional model of the photos and a point cloud of a photographed object.
    Pattern recognition software compares portions of images to create points, which are then compared to convert the images into a 3D model.
  • Users can generate for free their own Photosynth models by uploading their images to the Photosynth website.
  • Photosynth is a free software application from Microsoft Live Labs and the University of Washington.

Who created the faculty interview videos?

  • The great majority of faculty interviews has been created by the Office of Instructional and Research Technologies as part of its OIRT Faculty Series on YouTube.
  • Other interviews or campus related videos have been produced by RutgersToday or RUtv.

How can I have a space or event at Rutgers captured and shown on whereRU?

  • Please contact us and briefly describe the space or event you would like to have captured.
    whereRU is especially interested to showcase spaces that play a special role in the teaching and/or research conducted at Rutgers.

How can a Rutgers related Gigapan, Photosynth or Video I have created be shown on whereRU?

  • Please contact us and provide the following information: a) id of Gigapan, Photosynth or YouTube video; b) a short description; c) suggested tags; d) geo-code information of latitude and longitude (if possible).
    The whereRU team is in the process of creating a web interface so that you can enter this information into the whereRU database.

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Goals of whereRU?

  • To experiment with innovative image, map and information visualization technologies to tell Rutgers' story in a new and engaging way.
  • To develop whereRU into a "digital storytelling" platform.
  • To give undergraduate students the opportunity to gain real-world experience by contributing to Rutgers in a meaningful way.

How can I contribute to whereRU?

  • Content creation: capture interesting and unique spaces and events at Rutgers.
  • Programming: enhance the functionality of the whereRU website, such as social networking, automated integration with Rutgers data streams, enhanced Google Maps & Google Earth features and digital storytelling.

How can my class collaborate with whereRU?

  • Classes that deal with content that is related to Rutgers and/or New Jersey could contribute Gigapans, Photosynths and video.
  • Classes that explore with new forms of digital storytelling.
  • Classes that study or develop digital media content.

Future plans?

  • TBA