CEISMIC Xplore online photo challenge

The CEISMIC project team at the UC Arts Digital lab has made part of its collection  of building images related to the 2010-11 earthquakes more accessible to the public.

It recently launched an online challenge, which asks users to guess the location of a given photograph from the archive.

CEISMIC Xplore – created in the UC Arts Digital Lab by Digital Analyst Lucy-Jane Walsh and CEISMIC volunteers Brad McNeur and Aidan Millow – is based on the popular GeoGuessr app, which drops a player in a random location in Google StreetView and challenges them to work out where in the world they are.


The CEISMIC archive contains more than 150,000 items related to the Canterbury earthquakes, many of which are images contributed by community organisations and individuals. The CEISMIC team put a huge effort into geo-locating these images, in order to help researchers and the community use them more easily.

CEISMIC Xplore draws images from the archive that are located within the Four Avenues.

“It’s a bit harder than GeoGuessr in that you’re only given a static photo to guess from, but we’ve had a good response from those who have played it so far,” says Lucy-Jane Walsh.

Lucy-Jane says she hopes the challenge will help people piece together their scattered memories of the city.

Xplore can be found at www.xplore.ceismic.org.nz/