About #AccessDPRK


What has become the mapping project #AccessDPRK began as a hobby in late 2012 and slowly evolved over the next year or so into what has now become the largest open-source mapping project of North Korea that's available to the general public.

While it started with myself, Jacob Bogle, and remains a largely individual endeavor, many people have given various levels of information support over the years, such as North Korea expert and author Joseph S. Bermudez. I have also been able to lean on my library containing tens of thousands of pages worth of material from around the world to help in this work.

If I were to write a short "mission statement" it would be this:

#AccessDPRK is not about fast breaking news. It’s about methodically exposing the country and the changes happening inside through public domain satellite imagery and information. It is about advancing the goals of open-source intelligence and democratizing access to information about the country. This may take the form of small articles and tweets detailing the growth of a military base, or it may take the form of long articles discussing cultural changes. Openness and quality are the main focus, not prodigious content creation.


For some additional information and history, check out:
Mapping Project Update - Feb. 2013
Phase I Map Complete - March 2016
Phase II Map Complete - March 2017



Over the years, the project has been the subject of news, has been used as references, and helped support various academic works.
Some of these include:

North Korea uranium plant may be dumping toxic waste into river - UPI, August 2019
The Korean Peninsula: Three Dangerous Scenarios - RAND Corp. (2018)
Four Problems on the Korean Peninsula - RAND Corps. (2019)
Coastal Artillery Base Collapses - The Sun (and affiliates)
A new Korean War would kill more US military personnel than you might expect -  Washington Post
North Korea Leadership Facilities - GlobalSecurity.org
North creates Panmunjom replica - Asiae.co.kr


Words of Support
"Jacob Bogle is an amazing, hardworking, and extremely creative open source information analyst who has a unique knack for catching things that others following North Korea miss, and would likely not discover apart from Jacob's reporting.  He has done extraordinary work with commercial satellite imagery, much of it obtainable via Google Earth.  Of particular note is the amazing mapping effort covering all of North Korea as a Google Earth viewable file (the most comprehensive map of North Korea available in the public domain)."
- Frank V. Pabian, Nuclear Chief Inspector for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during ground inspections in Iraq (1996-98) and recipient of the US Intelligence Community Seal Medal

"Jacob Bogle's AccessDPRK mapping project is extremely impressive! And truly shows a tremendous amount of work."
-Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., internationally recognized analyst and award-winning author. He is concurrently senior fellow for Imagery Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), senior adviser and analyst for the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), and author for IHS Markit.


Quick Project Stats (currently)
Articles: 93
Phase III Military Sites Mapped: 11,400
Phase III Monuments Mapped: 11,180
Phase III Domestic Sites Mapped: 35,530

Articles written for other sites
Fueling the Country (Oct. 11, 2019, NK News Pro)
Why a lack of adequate infrastructure may stifle Kim Jong Un's tourism ambitions (Oct. 29, 2019, NK News Pro)
How North Korea is making the most of an aging air force (Dec. 6, 2019, NK News Pro)



If you'd like to support the project, please visit its Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/accessdprk


--Jacob Bogle
www.JacobBogle.com
Facebook.com/JacobBogle
Twitter.com/JacobBogle

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