Thursday, January 08, 2009

Al Jazeera's Interactive Map of Gaza and the Hamas/Israel War

Al Jazeera has entered the world of neogeography in a big way with mostly positive results. Their "War on Gaza" mashup contains a Microsoft Live map with various data layers displaying protests, Palestinian casualties, Israeli casualties, etc. What makes this effort unique though is that it is being derived not only from official reporting but also from reports by people themselves. One can even us twitter to report in as well.

The Wikipedia factor of not having verifiable reports is an obvious liability but with this level of neogeography coming into play that is to be expected. The real fault so far is the weird fact that sometimes the geolocations will move if one pans the map. I encountered this on Internet Explorer which makes the occurrence even weirder.

1 comment:

Dan tdaxp said...

I get the moving location too in Google Chrome -- interesting, they appear to move only north and south, not east and west.

Interesting bug!