Election Maps

Posted by Sam Churchill on

The 2008 Presidential Election is headed down to the wire with today’s Pennsylvania primary. Perhaps the easiest way to follow results is with a map mashup.

The Los Angeles Times Primary Tracker puts all the information in one easy-to-navigate page with a movable time line. The Washington Post’s Campaign Tracker blends a custom Google Map with a traditional list of candidate appearances while the NY Times tracks Presidential campaign finances. The AP’s Pennsylvania interactive map is stuffed with hard data and video inserts.

Blog Runner, CNN, FOX, and Yahoo Full Coverage have the latest news. CNN Mobile, Fox Mobile, ABC Mobile, CBS Mobile, NBC Mobile, Washington Post Mobile, and NY Times Mobile deliver anywhere. Other election maps include; electoral-vote.com, PBS News Hour, US Election Atlas and Online Journalism Review.

Michael Geary, the external developer responsible for building the Google election maps, shows how he did it at a Googleplex presentation.

With Google’s Election Map, you click on individual states and individual counties, to see results. Be sure to use the toggle to select results for the Democratic and Republican parties. The map is powered by data from the Boston Globe, the Associated Press and Real Clear Politics.

Google Mapplets (above) are a new feature of Google Maps that combines the Google Gadgets API with the Google Maps API to allow embedding mini-applications within the Google Maps website.

Intel announced today the Intel Mash Maker, a free browser extension that allows users to modify Web pages and combine information from different sources. Its first beta works with Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 7, though at this point the features are far more mature in Firefox, Intel said.

The product, which originated in Intel’s research labs, is similar to existing mash-up tools like Yahoo Pipes and Microsoft Popfly in that it has a graphical design tool. Meanwhile, Google has announced a developer sandbox for iGoogle which includes support for OpenSocial, a common API designed to let you easily build social applications that run on a growing number of web containers.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 at 7:53 am .

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