Geographic News Filter “EveryBlock”

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

EveryBlock

“‘What’s happening in my neighborhood?’

For a long time, that’s been a tough question to answer. In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering. Every day, a wealth of local information is created — officials inspect restaurants, journalists cover fires and Web users post photographs — but who has time to sort through all of that?

Our mission at EveryBlock is to solve that problem. We aim to collect all of the news and civic goings-on that have happened recently in your city, and make it simple for you to keep track of news in particular areas. We’re a geographic filter — a “news feed” for your neighborhood, or, yes, even your block.

At this time, we cover three American cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco. On each site, you can type in any address to read local news and public information near you. You’ll find three main types of news:

  • Civic information — building permits, crimes, restaurant inspections and more. In many cases, this information is already on the Web but is buried in hard-to-find government databases. In other cases, this information has never been posted online, and we’ve forged relationships with governments to make it available.
  • News articles and blog entries — major newspapers, community weeklies, TV and radio news stations, local specialty publications and local blogs. We do the work of classifying articles by geography, so you can easily find the mainstream media coverage near particular locations.
  • Fun from across the Web — local photos posted to the Flickr photo-sharing site, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost and found postings from Craigslist and more. We figure out the relevant places and point you to location-specific items you might not have known about.

We like to toss around the word “news” to describe all of this, and that might surprise you at first. Isn’t news what appears on the front page of the New York Times? Isn’t news something produced by professional journalists?

Well, it can be — and we include as much of that on EveryBlock as possible. But, in our minds, “news” at the neighborhood or block level means a lot more. On EveryBlock, “Somebody reviewed the new Italian restaurant down the street on Yelp” is news. “Somebody took a photo of that cool house on your block and posted it to Flickr” is news. “The NYPD posted its weekly crime report for your neighborhood” is news. If it’s in your neighborhood and it happened recently, it’s news on EveryBlock.”

http://www.everyblock.com/about/

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Seero Puts Videos on the Map

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Seero

About Seero

“Seero.com is a geo-broadcasting platform for users to broadcast and experience destinations around the world. Seero fuses live and on-demand video with GPS mapping to create a rich and unique user experience. Our goal is to shake the foundations of how you see video with a platform that promotes exploration and geographical awareness.

If you are looking for another typical video site, or ‘Television Online’, this probably isn’t the place for you. If you want to experience a new way to see the world, welcome. Seero utilizes the vast potential of the internet to create an original brand of content. If you are a citizen journalist, local tour guide, back road explorer, talented performer, or simply have a great destination to unveil, Seero is your platform to broadcast your world.”

See also

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Heineken’s “Delivery Men”

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Heineken

Heineken seems to use digital fleet management for a marketing campaign and a mashup game. The Dutch beer brewery shows live the position of their “delivery men”. In a game you can predict the next stop of the trucks. It is a cooperation with the geotagging community bliin.

Via The Mobile City who quote the Dutch blog Bright.


Places to smoke at Germany and France

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

smoke-spots.de

smoke-spots.de is a google maps mashup showing German locations for smokers and was launched a few days ago. It is part of a marketing campaign by Reemtsma, a company of the Imperial Tobacco Group – reacting to the new legal restrictions for smoking in the public.
Reemtsma press release (German)

Same thing for French: “Places to smoke at France” (Google Maps Mania) can be found at oufumer.fr. The credits do not give any hint whether the tobacco industry sponsors the projects.
Oufumer.fr


locr@Nokia

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

locr

Germany-based company locr states that their software for Symbian S60 phones is available at Nokia’s EMEA download site – in a press release for instance via inar.de. locr offers a community and a software for geotagging photos.

www.locr.de | http://www.locr.com/index.php?lang=en


MizPee’s loocation-based service

Monday, 17 December 2007

MizPee

About: “MizPee finds the closest, cleanest toilets in your area. You can add and review toilets, get some cool deals in your area and challenge your knowledge of toilet trivia”.

A video taken from CBS by datnice@YouTube.


Pointoo moves forward

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Users of the “location bookmark service” Pointoo just received a mail that Pointoo changes its status and becomes an independent company, a GmbH. Pointoo is in the portfolio of the Holtzbrinck eLab


findbyclick anotherlocationcommunity

Saturday, 1 December 2007

findbyclick
Screenshot: Locative Media

 

We’re harvesting location based information from the community to create the largest, most accurate, most comprehensive collection of location based intelligence for you to use via the web and via your mobile phone.”

http://www.findbyclick.com

More on the concept of findbyclick in “About us”:

“We want to build a community of people interested in sharing location-based information for the mutual benefit of all. For others, it is a way to share memorable places: a great place to eat, a hot vacation destination, or a special place to watch the sunset. FindbyClick is a place where you get to tell the story.”

 

http://www.findbyclick.com/about/


GyPSii phone community

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

GyPSii
Screenshot: Locative Media

A geo community for web and phone users, where everybody can upload geolocated photos, audios, videos, points of interest. About GyPSii:

“GyPSii is the consumer application for mobile, web & Internet connected devices.GyPSii allows users to share their real life experiences in the virtual world using mobile devices and the web. It is a social networking, search & location based suite of integrated mobile and web applications – for users to share, view & upload pictures, video, text and POI (points of interest) with a Geo-location – place and track each other in their select communities. Find people and places, points of interest, map and navigate to them all.

A record of a Life History of Events in Full Context (Video & audio clips, location(s), photos, text, shared experiences & people, etc.)

A seamless mobile & web experience built on the convergence of locations based services, social networking, mobile & web 2.0 technologies, agnostic access across devices and networks.”

http://www.gypsii.com/reader.cgi?id=about

The phone client is available for Windows Mobile – for Symbian S60, Nokia only, it is soon to come.

Interesting is the “Market Overview and Introduction to GyPSii” (PDF).


Dash: Yahooed, connected, mashup navigation system

Monday, 26 November 2007

Dash
Screenshot: Locative Media

 

Dash is “the first and only navigation system with built-in two-way connectivity. (…) With Dash Express you can:

  • Know the best routes around traffic using up to the minute information provided by the Dash Driver Network
  • Find virtually anything—nearby or near your destination—using Yahoo! Local search
  • Send an address from any computer right to your car with Send to Car”

http://www.dash.net/product.php

Ed Moltzen attracted my attention on ChannelWeb, hinting at the current Dash activities. Ed also pointed at the two sources quoted below:

“The device is noteworthy because, once deployed, it’s said to do a bunch of things all at once. It’s a GPS navigation device that also integrates WiFi, services from Yahoo, continually updated traffic information and two-way communication.”

http://www.crn.com/networking/204202898

Ozzie Diaz as a beta tester in his HP blog:

“I’ve been on the beta program for Dash Networks who is nearing commercialization of a GPS nav device with a built-in GPRS radio as well as WiFi that enables updated traffic information and Yahoo! Local content while on the go. The Yahoo! Local is pretty good and provides the all-important personalized content related to my location, such as where is the nearest Starbucks or pizza joint. Apart from the obvious interest in the combo of tailored Internet content and location, the as-yet unrealized potential is with the WiFi interface. Currently it’s doing firmware updates when parked in your garage at home or brought in the house. But if these devices or a common protocol for peering among such devices (Standards Bodies, how ‘bout it?) grow in numbers on the streets and highways, whether they be mobile in-vehicle or fixed roadside can be the REAL killer apps for these networks of devices!”

http://h20325.www2.hp.com/blogs/ozzie/archive/2007/11/21/5153.html

Erick Schonfeld on the mashup concept in TechCrunch:

Owners will be able to manage which mashups they receive through Dash’s Website. There, they will be able to drag feeds from sites like Platial, where they can create a Google Map of dog runs in San Francisco or yoga schools in LA. Link it to Zillow, and you will be able to get data on houses as you are driving around the neighborhood. Create a feed at Upcoming.org about all the rock concerts in your city or one of open houses from Craigslist, and you will be able to get the info in your car, along with how far away each place is. You will also be able to do a Yahoo Local search on the device for restaurants and it will return nearby results with ratings.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/19/dash-wants-to-bring-web-mashups-to-your-car/

Remark of the editor: It’s a “dashup concept” 😉


Fotoland.us – Flickr-Google-Mashup

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Another mashup by Taher Baderkhan. Fotoland.us is a community concept that “brings you pictures from all over the world by combining technologies from Flickr and Google Maps using the power of tags. It is the best and fastest way to explore pictures of other cities, locations and cultures. Fotoland is a user collaborative effort that grows with your participation.” It is the same approach as loc.alize.us

Fotoland.com

Screenshot: Locative Media


Geotagging community “Pointoo”

Friday, 23 November 2007

The “location bookmark service” by “Holtzbrinck eLab” offers user-generated Points of Interest (POI) for the usage via web, mobile phone or navigation system.

Pointoo
Screenshot: Locative Media


Mashup “loc.alize.us”

Thursday, 22 November 2007

A “localizer”, a mashup by ubilabs using geotagged flickr-photos as a basis for presenting photos geographically and enabling a community. It’s also a good service to filter flickr-photos.
loc.alize.us

Screenshot: Locative Media


Virtual NYC Tour

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Taher Baderkhan’s Mashup is cool – and his “Moving Maps” are equipped with “handmade” photos.

His blog: http://websitesandmore.blogspot.com

virtualnyctour.com
Screenshot: Locative Media