Tuesday, October 21, 2008

UK Media Using Google Maps

ITN Story Map
ITN News Map
Independent Television News have created a news map that delivers news based on the user's location. The map uses the Google Gears Geolocation API to determine the user's location and then serves up news for that region.

It is possible to change the location manually to retrieve news from other parts of the world. It is also possible to filter the results to read news from the last week, the last fortnight, three weeks or the last month. The map also has the option to view the news in the Google Earth browser plug-in.

Via: Google Code Blog: Introducing the Gears Geolocation API for all laptop WiFi users

iPlayer Map
iPlayer Map
Mibly.com has produced a Google Map with videos from the BBC geo-tagged and playable directly from the map. Because the map has embedded BBC iPlayer videos it means that only people in the UK will be able to watch the videos.

When the user clicks on one of the map markers an information window opens with a brief description of the video. When the user clicks on the video link a lightbox opens with the video embedded.

The mapped videos are also listed beneath the map.

Via: Mapperz
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