October 22, 2005

Wow! Huge update of new sites

The past six months have seen a mass mindshift in geo and mapping. Mapping is open and amateur and everywhere. We all know the big straw that broke the camels back in this field. Fantastically, worldKit has maintained a strong niche in web mapping. For the latest examples update, there are nearly 30 new sites! And this is just a slice of the installs out there. Check out worldKit examples for the full list of sites I know about. Here are some highlights.

Environment and biodiversity is, encouragingly, a growing theme. Phillipines Biodiversity Web Map tracks bird sitings. Biodiversity and Conservation in Africa is a huge resource on every African nation; for example, Algeria. Also, EcoMap - Karte für Umwelt & Entwicklung.

Humanitarian relief and politics is another positive development in worldKit mapping. Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System is a joint project of UN-OCHA and the JRC European Commission, to improve communication and coordination; makes great use of geoRSS. PHRplus is a USAID project, demonstrating GIS Applications for Health in Yemen. Safer Now? tracks terrorist attacks attributed to al Qaeda since the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003. Nazitracker, part of a reconciliation process, maps extremists in Balkans (some explanation). WaterWiki is a knowledge management project with the UNDP.

In music, Tribe of Frog PsyTrance Nutters are everywhere in the UK. But for those that prefer their tunes in Teutonic Rocksteady beat, German Raggae Map.

Botswana Tours helps plan safari vacations.

Finally, the utterly unique Colourgroup Route Map. A group of aviation enthusiastics have developed the flight plan for their virtual airline. Totally delightful and bizarre!

Posted by Mikel at October 22, 2005 10:59 AM