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Visualizing all that data

In Online media on 19 Sep 2013 at 2:34 pm

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We’re having a garage sale at the Half Moon Bay Review. Or rather, we’re organizing a garage sale for the community. More than a hundred folks have registered with us. For doing so, they get a garage sale kit paid for by a corporate sponsor. It’s not an entirely original thought; the city used to do something similar and back then we would create a print map of Saturday sellers who registered to be a part of the community sale. The city dropped the ball and we picked it up. (Truth be told, Review Publisher Bill Murray and our front desk staff did almost all of the heavy lifting.)

One perk of registering is listing on the map you see above. It looks pretty slick and you can do something similar. You could map drug arrests in town, high school sports events on any given weekend, pumpkin patches … whatever.

We partnered with a local guy who runs a company called GatheringPoint. His technology allows us to place overlays on Google maps and we’ve been using it – albeit pretty passively – for a couple of years with a feature we call Walkabout. It’s really pretty cool. You can overlay tweets written in the area, traffic, YouTube clips from whatever neighborhood you search… Neat stuff.

Now you can use similar free technology. I learned about Map a List from Richard Byrne’s very good blog for educators. …

I don’t want to go into excruciating detail, but basically, you create an account and it leads you to the right Google spreadsheet. You choose the placemarks you want to use and it is guaranteed to make you look like a sophisticate.

Give it a shot. If you want to get in touch with our guy, you can reach Spencer Nassar here. Be forewarned. He’s a for-profit businessman.

Clay

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