As the internet leads a wending path, a range of discussions (starting with Jeff Jarvis and on to Stilgherrianâ€™s comments section) brought me to news.com.auâ€™s live Twitter coverage of the pope at WYD08 on http://twitter.com/popedownunder.
I like the live Twitter event coverage (as a personal effort instead of just a pushed RSS feed).
The Twitter account web link was to news.com.auâ€™s in-depth WYD08 coverage page, linking to their Whatâ€™s on when? page, with an embedded Google map.
Follow that through to the same Google map, full sized, showing, amongst other things, pilgrimage routes, papal motorcade and boat-a-cade routes, and locations for mass.
The creator of that map, news.com.au journalist Alexandra Marceau, has also created 58 other news maps for individual stories. What’s great about creating a map for an individual story is that itâ€™s a mapped record of that story, available through a permanent list of user-created maps.
Obviously, you say, but Iâ€™ve been in the habit of giving a quick search-generated map reference link to online for a news story, one that simply points to the intersection where said news event took place, for example. That’s not a permanent record, and doesnâ€™t extend the news into the â€œuser-generated contentâ€ section searchable within Google Maps. Creating individually annotated news maps is something Iâ€™ll consider doing from now on, time permitting.
It would also be much better if I could mash up a geotagged rss feed with Google Maps to automatically show news down to the street, or at least suburb, level. That’s something I would still like to work on, again, time permitting.
Mind you, somebody much smarter than me is probably already doing that.