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Friday, 08 June 2007

Travellerspoint Mapping Software

Written by  Isaiah Norton
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There are a number of web tools available for sharing experiences - photo sites, blog sites, link collections, and maps. With some work it is possible to bring these together, by connecting Google maps to your photo site or your blog. But what if all of these sharing possibilities were brought together in one spot? And what if it was designed with the traveler in mind and made just -click- that easy?

There are a number of web tools available for sharing experiences - photo sites, blog sites, link collections, and maps. With some work it is possible to bring these together, by connecting Google maps to your photo site or your blog. But what if all of these sharing possibilities were brought together in one spot? And what if it was designed with the traveler in mind and made just -click- that easy?

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Travellerspoint. The above features (photo, blog, and map) are brought together in one place. However, what makes Travellerspoint stand out is the way they are seamlessly connected. Photos are not just gathered in albums, but also "tagged" with multiple descriptors which can then be sorted or searched - alone an attractive feature, made more so by connection with the other tools. To see the power of photos tags, take a look at the collection of tags by country (under "Photography" on the main menu).

On a technical level, Travellerspoint is unique because the underlying software was developed specifically for the site. The map application caught my eye especially, since it is custom-designed with travel mapping in mind. Creating maps in other "mashup" sites requires elbow grease and time; Travellerspoint lets you zoom in on your destination country, select a location with the mouse (or by entering Lat/Long coordinates), and tag any associated photos. The functionality of the map is complete for this purpose, though it is visually less compelling in comparison to Google Maps (no satellite photos or road/lake overlays, only a world map with political boundaries and major cities). The tangible upside to this lighter presentation is that browsing and trip layouts are significantly faster than other solutions.

However, the kicker to the map application is that it is designed to incorporate the blog and photo features of the site so that each trip grows from a collection of points to a storyline described and illustrated in as much detail as you can provide.

Community emphasis brings the technical wizardry full-circle to connect you with others who are, have been, or want to be somewhere on that map. Travellerspoint provides a reference section where self-designated experts on various countries or regions may be contacted for specific information. To see threads of communication about certain places, visit the Travel Forums. From the number of posts, the community appears to be active, and growing. If you’re looking for a way to include pictures, stories, and winding maps of your travel routes, check out Travellerspoint .

For other mapping possibilities see:
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/essential-resources-for-google-maps.html
http://www.geobloggers.com/
http://mapki.com/wiki/Map_Projects:Travel

©Isaiah Norton

Last modified on Sunday, 16 December 2012

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