Geo-Tagging is an area of active research and development, as well as an increasing number of product announcements. The latest is nTerracon with their iGeo service. This will geo-tag documents and website content, with the option to display the results in Google Maps or Bing Maps. Services come in multiple levels ranging from the free community edition for small, low traffic websites; through to a number of commercial versions. Demonstrations include a book that you can leaf through, clicking on highlighted geo-tagged locations to see them on a map. Here is the press release:
SEATTLE, Washington. Seattle-based nTerraCon, LLC, has launched iGeoTM,
a new product that geo-enriches online text enabling website visitors
to fly-into any location on a web page using Google EarthTM or Bing MapsTM
. A free Community edition gives low-traffic website owners the power
to add geo-context to their sites. nTerraCon's Consumer Edition of iGeoTM
allows larger customers, with greater traffic, to offer "on-the-fly"
geo-tagging along with the embedding of text, images, audio, or video,
text to create rich, immersive experiences for their users.
nTerraCon co-founder, Clyde Ford, the software developer and consultant who created iGeoTM, is also an award-winning author of psychological thrillers. The idea for iGeoTM
came from Ford's efforts to reach out to new readers more enamored with
the world of the Web, than the world between the covers of a book. He
teamed with former Microsoft Sr. Product Manager, Lisa Swei to form
nTerraCon, a company that specializes in geo-enriching documents and
text. Ford and Swei believe that geo-enriched content on the Internet
and other media bridges the gap between traditional forms of learning
and decision-making based on printed material and new forms based on
iGeoTM has wide applicability in fields such as
education, book publishing and the news media. nTerraCon's website
features demonstrations of iGeoTM geo-enriching
lesson plans, chapters from a book, sections of a newspaper, a travel
company site, public service documents, wildlife studies, even a report
on the 1985 Tour de France that boasts embedded video of various stages
of the race.
The Community and Consumer Editions are just two of several entries that nTerraCon plans in its iGeoTM product line.
For further information, see the nTerracon website at http://www.nterracon.com.