Google has recently made some very interesting developments in their map content(from Cnet). Along with the user created maps, geo-tagged photographs, and related local ads; users can now find Wikipedia entries relating to geographically linked sites. Once you are in the general area of the location you are curious about, simply hit the “more” tab to see Wikipedia entries and photos. The short informational blurbs are taken from the Wikipedia entry and allow users to seamlessly browse into more information.
Granted, if you don’t trust Wikipedia this service may be more annoying than useful, but I wish that everything had a little more information on Google maps. Now if they would just show Flickr photos on there and not just ones from Panoramio…
Maybe an institution can start working on adding not only historic photos to the mix but related historical information gleaned from other data sources and archived materials. Hmmm sounds like we need a grant…
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