Interactive maps, a way of the future

November 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm (Reaction)

Interactive maps are becoming a way of the future, incorporating updated information and in a way that is easy for viewers to understand and relate to. The Web site 10,000 Words shows multiple maps that prove this point.

One map, titled Public911.com is like an interactive police radar. Updating viewers on 911 calls, both active and closed. This is a great way for viewers to stay updated with crime and emergencies in their area. What a way this country has come in keeping people updated and safe.

Another map, FluTracker is very helpful for the current dilemma of Swine Flu. With the ongoing concern arising from H1N1, this map helps ease peoples minds. It shows the number of cases in each area of the U.S. and allows a zoom tool so viewers can gather more information about specific cases in their area. Its the new age health tracker. What did people do in the days of the Bubonic Plague?

Finally, Vidmap is an excellent tool. This interactive map incorporates video as well. It allows the viewer to see exactly where they are as if they were there. All you have to do is click on a spot on the map and a video of that area will come up as supplemental material. Who needs a printed map or atlas? Old days. This map is the way of the future and an interesting way to relate and draw viewers into the area. Check it out for yourself.

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