Where 2.0 – 2011

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This year’s Where 2.0 conference is in full swing and there are already several notable announcements, including a partnership between FourSquare and Bing Maps to create Foursquare Everywhere. The Bing Foursquare partnership pulls Foursquare data into Bing Maps to visualize check-ins, tips, badges and mayorships.

Also announced was a much improved API from local news site Fwix, 3D maps from Nokia, and new capabilities from Google Map Maker.

Nokia’s Ovi Maps introduced three-dimensional maps.

Nokia partnered with C3, the leading provider of 3D mapping solutions, to create automated, photo-realistic models of the world.

How does it work? Nokia’s contractor may create a dot cloud with Lidar, then merge it with a photographic layer to create a 3D model, not unlike this video using Microsoft’s Kinect.

Google Map Maker now enables you to add your expert local knowledge directly on a map. The collective expertise of the Map Maker community can be shared with millions of people on a map of the United States in Google Map Maker. For example, you can fix the name of your local pizza parlor, or add a description of your favorite book store.

To confirm Map Maker user contributions are accurate, Google says each edit will be reviewed. After approval, the edits will appear in Google Maps within minutes. To see examples of what people around the world are adding to Map Maker, you can watch mapping in real-time.

Google Maps are copyrighted, of course. And what if the map itself has become dated, through natural disasters. Open Street Map and WikiMapia enable you to make your own maps.

Ushahidi is a free and open source platform that uses crowdsourcing to map crisis information.

Alex Williams lists a number of tools for data journalism that can help anyone interested making sense of data, and sharing it publicly.

  • Factual provides simple APIs for building Web and mobile apps. It provides data on local geographies. The datasets include businesses and points of interest (parks, airports, theaters, tourist attractions, etc.), and attributes include: name, address, phone, category and latitude/longitude.”
  • Socrata provides ways for federal, state and local governments to make data available online in a simple-to-use way.
  • Google Fusion Tables, a Google Labs project, lets you host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables.
  • Yahoo! Pipes can make anyone a data plumber. You can aggregate feeds and mashup information from around the Web.
  • OpenHeatMap is another example of how to turn data into maps.

Geoloqi is a location-messaging platform. It’s a private, real-time mobile and web platform for securely sharing location data. It features Geonotes, proximal notification, and sharing real-time GPS maps with friends.

You can turn the real-time map into a game, called Map Attack. Amber Case describes Map Attack.

They are speaking at Where2.0 this week, and will be bringing the game to Stanford University. Their first international remote game will be in Medellín, Colombia later this summer.

Map Scripting 101 is a new example-driven book for building Interactive Maps with Bing, Yahoo!, and Google Maps.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am .

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