Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Take a Virtual Tour of Hobbiton

Mapillary, the crowdsourced alternative to Street View, now includes photos of Hobbiton in the Shire. This means that you can now take a virtual tour of Hobbiton, stroll along Bagshot Row and visit Bag End (the legendary home of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, and later Samwise Gamgee and his wife Rosie Cotton).

Except of course the Hobbiton in question is really the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand. Even so I'm sure the new Mapillary imagery will appeal to fans of Tolkein's novels and Peter Jackson's movies.

Mapillary provides crowdsourced imagery of locations around the world. Users of the Mapillary Android and iOS app can take photographs which are added to the Mapillary photo map of the world. The Mapillary map can then be browsed by anyone wishing to view photographs by location.

All of the street view imagery on Mapillary is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Mapillary also provides a developer API which is free for non-commercial and small scale use.

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