Crowdsourcing is being used for a variety of purposes & now to locate the missing flight MH-370. Tomnod, acquired by DigitalGlobe, has uploaded around thousands of square miles of images, where the plane is believed to have flown, to Tomnod. Users can logon to the website & scan the images. Map tiles can be examined & tagged with oil slick, wreckage, raft & others. Those which get agreed by multiple people get passed on to further analysis.
Even if the crowdsourcing can’t help locate the plane, this type of work can help reduce the area to be checked for missing flight. Rescue teams can use the map & concentrate on areas which have been tagged by the users.