Dagik Earth is an educational project to enjoy the scientific outputs on the earth and planets with three-dimensional digital globe in classrooms, science centers and home, and led by Dr. A. Saito. It is a sub project of Dagik (http://dagik.org) by the visualization group of the Earth science hub of Kyoto University.
1m Dagik Earth
It is supported by a grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan between FY 2009 and FY 2011 to develop the system and educational programs. Kyoto University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, National Museum of Nature and Science, Shizuoka Science Museum, and Shizuoka University participate in this project.
The earth and planets are projected on a spherical screen with a PC projector and a PC. No special PC and projector are needed. You can use a normal PC and projector. The software of Dagik Earth is open and can be run on Windows and Macintosh. As the spherical screen, a white balloon can be used.
Dagik Earth in classroom
Dagik Earth is an open system in equipments and software to be used for educational programs with low costs. The size of Dagik Earth is from 8cm diameter to 16m diameter, so far.
4m Dagik Earth
The only way to present the correct shape on the Earth, a sphere, is to present it in three dimension. Any map distorts the shape.
Pronunciation of "Dagik" is similar to "Magic", except for "D" instead of "M". Yes, Dagik like Magic.