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About NC360

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Inspired by the 100th anniversary of North Carolina state parks in 2016, the Department of Information Technology’s Innovation Center (iCenter) set out to find a way to use technology to highlight these natural resources and make them more accessible to those who were unable to visit them easily.

The iCenter partnered with Google to participate in the Street View Trekker program; an initiative where a Street View camera is mounted on a hiking pack. For several months a team of DIT and state parks employees traveled the state to capture 360-degree imagery of 30 sites that were then added to Google Street View. 

In 2018, the Trekker returned to North Carolina to kick off the project’s second phase. A team comprised of DIT employees then captured imagery of 20 more sites, focusing on cultural and historic sites as well as parks. The project was also expanded to include 360-degree imagery from other cameras, including those that capture indoor imagery.

The project will continue to grow and evolve as a way to provide immersive, virtual access to all North Carolina has to offer. 

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NC 360 Behind the Scenes

NC 360 Behind the Scenes 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is NC360?

What is NC360?

The NC360 project is an imagery initiative with the goal of providing an immersive experience of the natural and cultural sites within North Carolina.  The project includes 360 degree imagery from the Google Street View Trekker, that is available on Google StreetView, as well as indoor imagery from other 360-degree cameras.

Who is involved in the NC360 project?

Who is involved in the NC360 project?

The NC360 project was a joint effort between several groups within the NC Department of Information Technology (NC DIT), with assistance from personnel from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and interns from North Carolina State University's College of Natural Resources. The project was launched by the NC Innovation Center (iCenter), a division of NC DIT, in 2016. NC DIT staff and personnel from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources coordinated with the parks and captured imagery from 30 trails with the Google Street View Trekker during the first phase of the project. During the second phase of the project in 2018, the iCenter employed interns from North Carolina State University's College of Natural Resources to assist with capturing imagery of 20 additional sites with the Google StreetView Trekker.  The iCenter collaborated with the NC DIT Digital Solutions  team and the NCDIT communications department to document the process and create a website where all of the imagery could be made available.
 

When did this project begin?

When did this project begin?

The NC360 project began in late 2016, with imagery collection taking place between 2016 and 2018. 

How many sites have been captured?

How many sites have been captured?

To date, 50 sites, including 30 parks and 20 attractions, across the state have been captured with the Google StreetView Trekker, and several more sites have been photographed with other 360-degree cameras that allow for indoor imagery.

Where was the imagery captured?

Where was the imagery captured?

The imagery spans the breadth of North Carolina from the mountains to the coast. Click here for a full list of sites. 

Why is this an IT project?

Why is this an IT project?

Often IT is looked upon as an administrative entity within the workplace, but it can be much more. This project demonstrates how technology can directly add value to citizens.