Microsoft Research Connections partnered with the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, Brown University, University of Iowa, National Endowment for the Humanities, NAMES Project Foundation, and others to create several interactive digital exhibits that allow the public to explore the largest work of community-created folk art in the world.
– A Digital Patchwork Masterpiece where you can view the entire quilt, block by block. Warning: It will take over a month to view the 6000 blocks comprised of 8 panels each!
– A 30 Year History of AIDS via ChronoZoom
An amazing ChronoZoom interactive timeline that chronicles the history of AIDS and includes Deep Zoom panoramas of the quilt at various stages in its creation.
If you want to learn more about what Microsoft Research is doing to find a cure for HIV, you can visit Next@Microsoft blog which describes how MSR researcher David Heckerman is using spam filtering technology to help find a vaccine for HIV.