Saturday, June 03, 2006

Contest for the best Spanish Google Maps mashup

surfkulturaGoogle Maps Mania Spain Correspondent Luistxo from Tagzania reports on some new and interesting Google Maps mashups and news from that country:
Ojobuscador, Spanish search engine watchdog, with the collaboration of Google España itself, has organised a contest to award the best Spanish Google Maps mashup. Several projects have shown up there already. Among them, a new interesting mashup, the Surf Atlas, an attempt to map surfing spots tied to the Surfkultura site. Other participants include mashups already mentioned at this blogs like the Spaniards.es map, Panoramio or Tagzania. However, there's plenty of time to apply with your own mashup, or even perhaps conceive and create one, as the deadline for submissions ends on September 15th. The jury will award the prize (travel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California) on October the 1st.

viviramaOther novelties in Spain: Vivirama, which was previously a mashup of real state listings (from Loquo Barcelona, the Spanish equivalent of Craigslist), has evolved to be a place where housing listings can be made by users directly in any city of the world. Xavi Caballe has used the Geonames Webservice to geolocate world cities.

soinumapa.netA Basque mashup (bilingual, Basque, Spanish), Soinumapa a sound map of the Basque Country. Curious audio files recorded on the streets and fields of this European corner... Some kind of art experiment, it seems. But they should update to the new version of the Google Maps API, cause it may become outdated soon.

FotopanoramaFotopanorama is a series of 360 degree pictures (they rotate, if you have Quicktime installed), taken mostly in the region of Galicia, and placed over a Google map. The mashup
is related to the Digito.es, a photography stock website.
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