Miles from nowhere

Thanks to my colleague Luke Merryweather for this fantastic link to the new GoogleWorld product - a very long step on fr...

September 2, 2005

Thanks to my colleague Luke Merryweather for this fantastic link to the new GoogleWorld product – a very long step on from Amazon’s A9 location visualisation product

Google World is an interactive global map using satellite imagery that can be rotated in three dimensions and searched at will.

Fuse this interactive planteray search idea with flickr-style citizens media to share restaurant recommendations, favourite walks.

Fuse with photo and media libraries to aid recall of holidays and trips

Mix with Outlook to share meeting locations

Mis with OS data to identify mid-way destinations for meetings.

Most interestingly of all, think of the potential to enrich information in relation to supply-chains.

Mix with logistics data to provide interactive parcel tracking.

Fuse it with phone directories and networking communities to enable you to see physical dispersal of your social network,

See the factory where your shoes comes from…calculate the food miles…

And on and on.

Think of this as the interface to a portal.

Think of our planet itself as an information portal.

Doubtless the interface can be improved, and fuctionality added in, but by god this is inspiring.

Incidentally, I’m sure my namesake Rob Kitchin (he of ‘mapping cyberspace’ fame) would enjoy this…

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