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Mapping the Olympics

Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
27 Aug 2008
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<p>For a good example of how interactive maps can be used in sporting contexts see the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/olympics_map/default.stm">Olympics map</a> on the BBC sports website.</p> <p>Get an aerial view of the sporting venues with an overlaid 3d image of the sites; search the map by sporting event or landmark you want to view; click on the icons to view the information pop-up and select to have blogs and twitters shown on the map giving up to date information on what is happening around the Olympic venues.</p> <p>Although the information is embedded in the overlay rather than the map imagery which limits what you can see of the actual locations, the map gives a good overview of which events the venues are hosting, plus the blogs and twitters keep you up to date with each event and all from one web page. </p> <p>This is the key point to interactive mapping: a highly visual environment allowing the user to research locations worldwide without ever needing to leave the map<strong>. </strong>This is the concept behind <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/">Earthware</a>'s interactive <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/products/property/property-maps/default.aspx">property mapping</a> and <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/products/travel/interactive-travel-maps/default.aspx">travel mapping</a> products. </p>
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