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Faroe Islands adopt Sheep View 360
Posted on 14/07/2016

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Having become frustrated with Google's lack of mapping for their beautiful archipelago, Faroe Islanders have invented Sheep View 360.

'We have to do things our way'

'We have to do things our way'
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Covering 18 tiny sub-polar islands in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islands are home to a population of 80,000 sheep and 49,188 very entrepreneurial people. Its residents have long wanted Google to come and map the region's landscape at ground level but, with little response from the internet giant, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Durita Dahl Andreassen, who works for Visit Faroe Islands, became so tired of not being able to show the beauty of the place she proudly calls home that, with the help of a local shepherd and a locally built sheep harness, she has fitted five of the island's sheep with 360° cameras.

The sheep are free to wander and graze the island with the camera harnesses on their backs, sending the images back to Andreassen with the relevant GPS locations, which she is then able to upload directly to Google Street View.

Explaining her decision, Andreassen said, "Here in the Faroe Islands we have to do things our way. Knowing that we are so small and Google is so big, we felt this was the thing to do."

So far, the Sheep View team has taken panoramic images of five locations on the island, as well as producing a 360° video so you can interactively explore the island from a sheep's perspective.

The project is part of a campaign to convince Google to come to the island to complete the mapping project, not to mention we think it's a great way to promote tourism to the islands.

Visit Faroe Islands have launched a petition and the hashtag #wewantgooglestreetview on social media to promote its campaign.

When asked whether she thought Google Street View would take away the beauty of the islands' isolation, Andreassen replied, "I think that we're ready for this. It's a place that has always been so hidden and far away from everything, but I think that we are ready to invite people to the place."

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