Archive for August, 2011

NY Times-Geo News Search

August 31, 2011

(from ReadWriteWeb 8/30/2011)…

The New York Times has rolled out a new, experimental feature, Longitude, that maps stories based on Geonames.

The app shows current news stories on an interactive map.  Clicking on a placemark shows a snippet of the stories relating to that location.

This is an example of what can be done with open, linked data… something we need more of, not less.

Imagine a mashup of data/news from other organizations as they begin to link to their information this way.  There could be a different icon style for each selectable feed… much like importing external calendars into a Google Calendar.

(Suggestion for future versions:  make the icons variable size and opacity based on the map’s zoom … or maybe by relevancy to the viewer’s preset topics of interest.)