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Maps Blog — Jun 2010

  • June
    29

    Evo Conference Musings and A Woman’s Touch

    This weekend I attended the Evo Conference – a new conference dedicated to “The Evolution of Women in Social Media.” It wasn’t like any conference I’d ever been to and since my dear friend Kelly Olexa invited me to be on her panel, I agreed and made the trip out to Park City, UT for the weekend…I know, life’s rough. The panel was dedicated to “The Future of Location and Mobile technologies and how they apply to Social Media. My discussion focused on awareness of how location information is proliferating across the web. I spent time updating the ladies on where we are today with mapping and location (everyone loves imagery); what mobile applications are relevant today ( foursquare , Twitter , Gowalla ); what location applications are about to bust out ( StreetSpark , Flook , Facebook ) and my thoughts on where the world was going, why location can be powerful and with power comes much responsibility in both the companies that are using it and the users that are contributing to it. I talked about my vision of real time camera feeds being broadcast over wireless networks with map data and any relevant location data being augmented over... Read More This weekend I attended the Evo Conference – a new conference dedicated to “The Evolution of Women in Social Media.” It wasn’t like any conference I’d ever been to and since my dear friend Kelly Olexa invited me to be on her panel, I agreed and made the trip out to Park City, UT for the weekend…I know, life’s rough. The panel was dedicated to “The Future of Location and Mobile technologies and how they apply to Social Media. My discussion focused on awareness of how location information is proliferating across the web. I spent time updating the ladies on where we are today with mapping and location (everyone loves imagery); what mobile applications are relevant today ( foursquare , Twitter , Gowalla ); what location applications are about to bust out ( StreetSpark , Flook , Facebook ) and my thoughts on where the world was going, why location can be powerful and with power comes much responsibility in both the companies that are using it and the users that are contributing to it. I talked about my vision of real time camera feeds being broadcast over wireless networks with map data and any relevant location data being augmented over... Read More
  • June
    29

    New Bing Map App: Imagine Cup 2010

    In coordination with my post last night about the Imagine Cup, 2010 Apps Focus on Location , my friends at Soul Solutions have created a Bing Map App to pinpoint the finalists, judges and team captains from around the world. The new map app dubbed Imagine Cup 2010 has different colored pins to represent the different types of people associated with the competition – blue pins are finalists; red pins are judges; green pins are captains. Clicking a pin will open a popup with photos and/or information about the our Imagine Cup peeps. You can also filter the types of application submissions by checking off the different types on the left-hand navigations. The categories include Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Design, Digital Media and IT Challenge. These future leaders of the tech world have submitted some crazy, killer applications that are inspiring us all to stretch our imaginations especially in the use of location via Bing Maps. If you’re a college (or High School!) student and want to get involved next year, get involved! For more information about the Imagine Cup, visit the web site . Who knows; maybe next year, I’ll be writing about your application... Read More In coordination with my post last night about the Imagine Cup, 2010 Apps Focus on Location , my friends at Soul Solutions have created a Bing Map App to pinpoint the finalists, judges and team captains from around the world. The new map app dubbed Imagine Cup 2010 has different colored pins to represent the different types of people associated with the competition – blue pins are finalists; red pins are judges; green pins are captains. Clicking a pin will open a popup with photos and/or information about the our Imagine Cup peeps. You can also filter the types of application submissions by checking off the different types on the left-hand navigations. The categories include Software Design, Embedded Development, Game Design, Digital Media and IT Challenge. These future leaders of the tech world have submitted some crazy, killer applications that are inspiring us all to stretch our imaginations especially in the use of location via Bing Maps. If you’re a college (or High School!) student and want to get involved next year, get involved! For more information about the Imagine Cup, visit the web site . Who knows; maybe next year, I’ll be writing about your application... Read More
  • June
    28

    Imagine Cup, 2010 Apps Focus on Location

    The Imagine Cup, 2010 is in full swing and at least 16 of the applications are using Bing Maps to represent their focus on visualizing location information. Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the Worldwide Finals held in a different location every year. The intensity of the work brings students together, and motivates the competitors to give it their all. The bonds formed here often last well beyond the competition itself. Watch these videos for a full overview: What’s really great is YOU get to vote for the best application. Go vote for your favorite application (preferably one with Bing Maps like those listed below). Oman : "Show Me The Traffic" is a web application that provides graphical information that describes the level of the traffic on roads using Microsoft "Bing Maps". The web server of the solution will receive data from traffic detectors. By this solution, drivers will not be stuck in traffic anymore if they got our alerts. Also, the traffic itself won't take... Read More The Imagine Cup, 2010 is in full swing and at least 16 of the applications are using Bing Maps to represent their focus on visualizing location information. Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the Worldwide Finals held in a different location every year. The intensity of the work brings students together, and motivates the competitors to give it their all. The bonds formed here often last well beyond the competition itself. Watch these videos for a full overview: What’s really great is YOU get to vote for the best application. Go vote for your favorite application (preferably one with Bing Maps like those listed below). Oman : "Show Me The Traffic" is a web application that provides graphical information that describes the level of the traffic on roads using Microsoft "Bing Maps". The web server of the solution will receive data from traffic detectors. By this solution, drivers will not be stuck in traffic anymore if they got our alerts. Also, the traffic itself won't take... Read More
  • June
    22

    Bing Map App Development Resources

    As part of the King of Bing Maps contest , I wanted to share some resources available to help you rise to the crown. First, download the SDK from Microsoft Connect . Bring it down into Visual Studio 2010 and ensure you have Silverlight 4 installed. Second, Ben Lemmon, Bing Maps Developer, posted a code sample on the Bing Developer Blog outlining how to create a map app illustrating where the planets in our solar system are at any given time. This is a great tutorial for getting started with writing your first Bing Map App (below). You can access the full solution from this link . Next, if you have a KML file hosted somewhere on the web, you can import that KML file, wrap it up and call it a Bing Map App. Remember, content is king…if you want to be king. You do this via the Bing Maps Portal (this is also where you submit your application). There’s also a template application in the SDK. So, check that out once you download the SDK from Microsoft Connect . Within the Bing Community we created the Bing Map App developers forum . You’ll want to go there to ask questions of the community. Plus, we’re monitoring the Bing Map App forums for comments, questions and clarifications so if someone... Read More As part of the King of Bing Maps contest , I wanted to share some resources available to help you rise to the crown. First, download the SDK from Microsoft Connect . Bring it down into Visual Studio 2010 and ensure you have Silverlight 4 installed. Second, Ben Lemmon, Bing Maps Developer, posted a code sample on the Bing Developer Blog outlining how to create a map app illustrating where the planets in our solar system are at any given time. This is a great tutorial for getting started with writing your first Bing Map App (below). You can access the full solution from this link . Next, if you have a KML file hosted somewhere on the web, you can import that KML file, wrap it up and call it a Bing Map App. Remember, content is king…if you want to be king. You do this via the Bing Maps Portal (this is also where you submit your application). There’s also a template application in the SDK. So, check that out once you download the SDK from Microsoft Connect . Within the Bing Community we created the Bing Map App developers forum . You’ll want to go there to ask questions of the community. Plus, we’re monitoring the Bing Map App forums for comments, questions and clarifications so if someone... Read More
  • June
    16

    Become The King of Bing Maps!

    We’re searching for someone to worship. Someone to lead the way in Bing Map App development. Someone who will set the bar for what a Bing Map App should be. We’re looking for a King of Bing Maps . You think you’ve got it? Let’s see it. Leave your college computer class coding in the dorm and bring something awe-inspiring to the Bing team. Be the best of the best and we’ll crown you The King of Bing Maps . Here’s what you need to do: Read about the King of Bing Maps contest at www.KingOfBingMaps.com . Download the Bing Map App SDK (Live ID required). If you don’t know anything about it or if you haven’t read my blog post, read my post about the launch of the Bing Map App SDK – “ Announcing the Bing Map App SDK…and 3 New Bing Map Apps ”. Start with the template provided in the SDK. The template is our Hello World for Bing Map Apps. Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 SDK required. Build a sick ass application. I mean disgusting. Submit your application to the Bing Maps Portal. Wait for the judges to determine your fate. Your application MUST be submitted by July 25, 2010. We’ll... Read More We’re searching for someone to worship. Someone to lead the way in Bing Map App development. Someone who will set the bar for what a Bing Map App should be. We’re looking for a King of Bing Maps . You think you’ve got it? Let’s see it. Leave your college computer class coding in the dorm and bring something awe-inspiring to the Bing team. Be the best of the best and we’ll crown you The King of Bing Maps . Here’s what you need to do: Read about the King of Bing Maps contest at www.KingOfBingMaps.com . Download the Bing Map App SDK (Live ID required). If you don’t know anything about it or if you haven’t read my blog post, read my post about the launch of the Bing Map App SDK – “ Announcing the Bing Map App SDK…and 3 New Bing Map Apps ”. Start with the template provided in the SDK. The template is our Hello World for Bing Map Apps. Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 SDK required. Build a sick ass application. I mean disgusting. Submit your application to the Bing Maps Portal. Wait for the judges to determine your fate. Your application MUST be submitted by July 25, 2010. We’ll... Read More
  • June
    11

    (Bing) Mapping Your Friends with the Facebook...

    The newest Bing Map App to enter the Bing Maps Gallery uses Facebook APIs to pull in your friends from Facebook. Also, effective today, the Bing Maps preview I discussed in my blog post, “ Bing Maps Adds Map App Ratings, Map Overlays and More ” is no longer a preview, but is fully supported greatness for the world to see. All the features such as Bing Map App ratings, ICE Photosynth Panoramas, map overlays, etc. can now be viewed on the Bing Maps site (Silverlight 4 required). My Friends – Finding your Facebook friends just got a heck of a lot easier. The new My Friends map app lets you view all of your friends right in Bing Maps! Fire up the new application, log in via Facebook Connect, select “Allow” to allow Bing Maps to connect to your profile (to get your friend list) and any of your friends who have listed a “Current City” in their profile will have their profile picture pinned to the map. Look at where all of your Facebook friends are at any given time! Clicking their picture will show you their picture and status. We also have the de-clustering algorithm in place so if you have a number of friends in one place it will spin their photos... Read More The newest Bing Map App to enter the Bing Maps Gallery uses Facebook APIs to pull in your friends from Facebook. Also, effective today, the Bing Maps preview I discussed in my blog post, “ Bing Maps Adds Map App Ratings, Map Overlays and More ” is no longer a preview, but is fully supported greatness for the world to see. All the features such as Bing Map App ratings, ICE Photosynth Panoramas, map overlays, etc. can now be viewed on the Bing Maps site (Silverlight 4 required). My Friends – Finding your Facebook friends just got a heck of a lot easier. The new My Friends map app lets you view all of your friends right in Bing Maps! Fire up the new application, log in via Facebook Connect, select “Allow” to allow Bing Maps to connect to your profile (to get your friend list) and any of your friends who have listed a “Current City” in their profile will have their profile picture pinned to the map. Look at where all of your Facebook friends are at any given time! Clicking their picture will show you their picture and status. We also have the de-clustering algorithm in place so if you have a number of friends in one place it will spin their photos... Read More
  • June
    11

    Follow the Soccer Madness Anywhere with...

    As the world gets ready to celebrate the most popular sport in the world, Bing has you covered. We’re providing you with a unique view into the world of futbol and right in Bing Maps. Spatial Search capabilities continue to be a focus for Bing and these applications are the latest example of how we’re bringing information to maps to make more informed decisions. As teed up in a blog post earlier this week, “ Football Fans Get Ready For Kick-Off ” Bing Maps is launching a couple new map apps today to help you stay up to date with all the action in South Africa, wherever you may be. World Cup – The New World Cup map app highlights all the different countries participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup . Countries are pinned to the map with their respective flags as pushpin icons. Clicking a flag pin will tell you when their next game is and against who they play with links to the FIFA web site for the respective match. Additionally, we’re pushing down tons of information such as teams, stats and standings right in Bing Maps. Now millions of World Cup fans can easily follow the month-long soccer finals with the Bing Maps World Cup app. In addition... Read More As the world gets ready to celebrate the most popular sport in the world, Bing has you covered. We’re providing you with a unique view into the world of futbol and right in Bing Maps. Spatial Search capabilities continue to be a focus for Bing and these applications are the latest example of how we’re bringing information to maps to make more informed decisions. As teed up in a blog post earlier this week, “ Football Fans Get Ready For Kick-Off ” Bing Maps is launching a couple new map apps today to help you stay up to date with all the action in South Africa, wherever you may be. World Cup – The New World Cup map app highlights all the different countries participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup . Countries are pinned to the map with their respective flags as pushpin icons. Clicking a flag pin will tell you when their next game is and against who they play with links to the FIFA web site for the respective match. Additionally, we’re pushing down tons of information such as teams, stats and standings right in Bing Maps. Now millions of World Cup fans can easily follow the month-long soccer finals with the Bing Maps World Cup app. In addition... Read More
  • June
    07

    Announcing the Bing Map App SDK…and 3 New...

    Today is a big day for Bing Maps fans who have been eagerly awaiting their chance to strut their stuff in the Bing Map App Gallery. Beginning today, developers can download the Bing Map App SDK and start building, testing and submitting applications to Bing Maps to be featured in the gallery. “OMG! Where do I go to get it??” To access the Bing Map App SDK, login to Microsoft Connect at http://connect.microsoft.com/bingmapapps (you’ll need a Live ID, so make sure you have one). Download the SDK which comes with a Bing Map App template and start cranking away on your project in Visual Studio (note: the Bing Maps site was upgraded to Silverlight 4 - read more about the changes to Bing Maps). Once you’ve created your application, you can test it on the site itself. That’s right! The developer sandbox is the actual site. You simply need to go to http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/?developer=1&preview=1 , click the map apps button and you’ll unlock our secret map app test tool. The Bing Map App Test Tool is what you need to test your applications prior to submission to Bing Maps for display and use in the Map Apps Gallery. To use the Bing Map App Test Tool you’ll need to append “?Developer... Read More Today is a big day for Bing Maps fans who have been eagerly awaiting their chance to strut their stuff in the Bing Map App Gallery. Beginning today, developers can download the Bing Map App SDK and start building, testing and submitting applications to Bing Maps to be featured in the gallery. “OMG! Where do I go to get it??” To access the Bing Map App SDK, login to Microsoft Connect at http://connect.microsoft.com/bingmapapps (you’ll need a Live ID, so make sure you have one). Download the SDK which comes with a Bing Map App template and start cranking away on your project in Visual Studio (note: the Bing Maps site was upgraded to Silverlight 4 - read more about the changes to Bing Maps). Once you’ve created your application, you can test it on the site itself. That’s right! The developer sandbox is the actual site. You simply need to go to http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/?developer=1&preview=1 , click the map apps button and you’ll unlock our secret map app test tool. The Bing Map App Test Tool is what you need to test your applications prior to submission to Bing Maps for display and use in the Map Apps Gallery. To use the Bing Map App Test Tool you’ll need to append “?Developer... Read More
  • June
    07

    Bing Maps Adds Map App Ratings, Map Overlays...

    The evolution of Bing Maps continues with another round of improvements. For the June 2010 release we’re focusing on Bing Map Apps, improving the user experience and exposing some new content layers. You can check out the new features in our Silverlight site which has continued to be an incredible test bed for innovation. And, speaking of Silverlight, with this Bing Maps release we’ve built everything on Silverlight 4, so get ready for some cutting edge maps technology coming this week, but for a sneak peak check out the Bing Maps Preview site . Here’s a list of new features you can check out in Bing Maps: Bing Map App Ratings – For those of you not familiar with Bing Map Apps, you should check out any of my posts describing the concept of building applications that access data via web services from around the web and using Bing Maps as the canvas to visualize them. Not to be confused with the Bing Maps Platform which allows you to add Bing Maps to your site, Bing Map Apps allow you to highlight your data on Bing Maps. There are quite a few map apps available today and now you as a user can rate them! Using the standard 5-star rating system (including half stars) you can voice your... Read More The evolution of Bing Maps continues with another round of improvements. For the June 2010 release we’re focusing on Bing Map Apps, improving the user experience and exposing some new content layers. You can check out the new features in our Silverlight site which has continued to be an incredible test bed for innovation. And, speaking of Silverlight, with this Bing Maps release we’ve built everything on Silverlight 4, so get ready for some cutting edge maps technology coming this week, but for a sneak peak check out the Bing Maps Preview site . Here’s a list of new features you can check out in Bing Maps: Bing Map App Ratings – For those of you not familiar with Bing Map Apps, you should check out any of my posts describing the concept of building applications that access data via web services from around the web and using Bing Maps as the canvas to visualize them. Not to be confused with the Bing Maps Platform which allows you to add Bing Maps to your site, Bing Map Apps allow you to highlight your data on Bing Maps. There are quite a few map apps available today and now you as a user can rate them! Using the standard 5-star rating system (including half stars) you can voice your... Read More
  • June
    07

    REST Easy; Bing Maps Has You Covered

    It was just 6 months ago that the Bing Maps Platform team officially launched support for the Silverlight control . This was in addition to the Bing Maps SOAP Service (via Windows Communication Foundation) and the AJAX Control that have been in use for years now. Today, we’re announcing a REST interface into those wonderful maps, aerial images, and geocoding and routing systems for your grubby coding hands to get all dirty. And, the beauty with REST is that you simply need to build URL queries and handle the JSON or XML responses. It’s quite beautiful actually and it’s essentially the way the WWW was architected, so the learning curve will be fairly flat. If you’re too excited to read on and want the SDK now, you can view it online or download it from the Bing Maps Platform site . Okay, so here’s the scoop on the Bing Maps REST APIs. There are main 4 APIs that allow you to do Geocoding, Render Maps and Imagery, Calculate Routes and Perform Batch Geocoding. Let me break it down for you... Locations API. The Locations API is for geocoding on the fly. So, in your application when a user enters an address you’ll want to hit the Location API to get... Read More It was just 6 months ago that the Bing Maps Platform team officially launched support for the Silverlight control . This was in addition to the Bing Maps SOAP Service (via Windows Communication Foundation) and the AJAX Control that have been in use for years now. Today, we’re announcing a REST interface into those wonderful maps, aerial images, and geocoding and routing systems for your grubby coding hands to get all dirty. And, the beauty with REST is that you simply need to build URL queries and handle the JSON or XML responses. It’s quite beautiful actually and it’s essentially the way the WWW was architected, so the learning curve will be fairly flat. If you’re too excited to read on and want the SDK now, you can view it online or download it from the Bing Maps Platform site . Okay, so here’s the scoop on the Bing Maps REST APIs. There are main 4 APIs that allow you to do Geocoding, Render Maps and Imagery, Calculate Routes and Perform Batch Geocoding. Let me break it down for you... Locations API. The Locations API is for geocoding on the fly. So, in your application when a user enters an address you’ll want to hit the Location API to get... Read More
  • June
    04

    The City of Miami Shows Value in the Cloud...

    Date: June 07, 2010 Event Start Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4 hours) Duration: 1 hour The City of Miami , even when limited by a tight budget, looks for ways to improve the services it offers citizens. The city wanted to develop an online application to record, track and report on nonemergency incidents, but the customer's traditional heavy GIS technology would require significant computing resources. Further constrained by long hardware-procurement cycles, the city needed a cost-effective, scalable solution that would maximize its available resources. The city developed its 311 application with cloud services from Microsoft including the Windows Azure Platform and Bing Maps Platform , taking advantage of scalable storage, processing power and hosting provided by Microsoft. As a result, the city was able to reduce IT costs, improve the services it offers citizens and deliver those services faster than before. Come hear about the city's solution, their future in the cloud and ask them questions during this free, 60 minute webcast. Speakers: James Osteen, Assistant IT Director, City of Miami Conrad Salazar, Project Manager, City of Miami Derrick Arias... Read More Date: June 07, 2010 Event Start Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4 hours) Duration: 1 hour The City of Miami , even when limited by a tight budget, looks for ways to improve the services it offers citizens. The city wanted to develop an online application to record, track and report on nonemergency incidents, but the customer's traditional heavy GIS technology would require significant computing resources. Further constrained by long hardware-procurement cycles, the city needed a cost-effective, scalable solution that would maximize its available resources. The city developed its 311 application with cloud services from Microsoft including the Windows Azure Platform and Bing Maps Platform , taking advantage of scalable storage, processing power and hosting provided by Microsoft. As a result, the city was able to reduce IT costs, improve the services it offers citizens and deliver those services faster than before. Come hear about the city's solution, their future in the cloud and ask them questions during this free, 60 minute webcast. Speakers: James Osteen, Assistant IT Director, City of Miami Conrad Salazar, Project Manager, City of Miami Derrick Arias... Read More
  • June
    03

    Maps, the Universe & Everything Event

    Going to Tech Ed, 2010 in New Orleans next week? Got plans on Monday night? Well, you do now. The Bing Maps team has put together a little shin-dig to celebrate your attendance and we’re opening up the doors for you to chat directly with a few Bing Maps team members. Got questions? Let’s chat over drinks! What do you need to do? Look for the people with Bing Shirts or stop by the Bing Booth and pick up one of these invites. On the back you’ll find all the relevant information for the party. Alternatively, you could follow @ BingMaps on Twitter and I will tweet out the location of the party throughout the day. We’re talking music, drinks, food, Wi-fi and coders talking shop. A perfect Tech Ed party! Add it to your calendar now. The doors open at 9PM on Monday night and we’re going until 2AM, so stop by anytime! Follow me @ BingMaps , ^CP Going to Tech Ed, 2010 in New Orleans next week? Got plans on Monday night? Well, you do now. The Bing Maps team has put together a little shin-dig to celebrate your attendance and we’re opening up the doors for you to chat directly with a few Bing Maps team members. Got questions? Let’s chat over drinks! What do you need to do? Look for the people with Bing Shirts or stop by the Bing Booth and pick up one of these invites. On the back you’ll find all the relevant information for the party. Alternatively, you could follow @ BingMaps on Twitter and I will tweet out the location of the party throughout the day. We’re talking music, drinks, food, Wi-fi and coders talking shop. A perfect Tech Ed party! Add it to your calendar now. The doors open at 9PM on Monday night and we’re going until 2AM, so stop by anytime! Follow me @ BingMaps , ^CP
  • June
    02

    New Bing Map App: Bing Health Maps

    Summer is upon us and with summer come the thoughts of being in shape and staying healthy. So, using data from the Department of Health and Human Services, we’re releasing a new Bing Map App dubbed Bing Health Maps . The new Map App provides statistical information for the entire United States by county to visualize healthy (and not-so-healthy) parts of the country to help you make healthier decisions. After viewing this app, you’ll want to stay healthy… Bing Health Maps is very straightforward to use - (1) Select a state and, (2) Select a Community Health Indicator. The map will re-center on the respective state and color-code the counties within that state based on unit-based reporting. You can select health indicators such as Birth Indicators (low birth weight, premature births, births to women under 18, etc.); Death Measures (homicide, lung cancer, stroke, etc.) or Health Risk Factors (obesity, smokers, high blood pressure, etc.). If the opacity doesn’t suit your fancy there’s a slider to increase or decrease it. Once the map is loaded with the respective counties shaded you can click on any county to get all of the factors listed under the... Read More Summer is upon us and with summer come the thoughts of being in shape and staying healthy. So, using data from the Department of Health and Human Services, we’re releasing a new Bing Map App dubbed Bing Health Maps . The new Map App provides statistical information for the entire United States by county to visualize healthy (and not-so-healthy) parts of the country to help you make healthier decisions. After viewing this app, you’ll want to stay healthy… Bing Health Maps is very straightforward to use - (1) Select a state and, (2) Select a Community Health Indicator. The map will re-center on the respective state and color-code the counties within that state based on unit-based reporting. You can select health indicators such as Birth Indicators (low birth weight, premature births, births to women under 18, etc.); Death Measures (homicide, lung cancer, stroke, etc.) or Health Risk Factors (obesity, smokers, high blood pressure, etc.). If the opacity doesn’t suit your fancy there’s a slider to increase or decrease it. Once the map is loaded with the respective counties shaded you can click on any county to get all of the factors listed under the... Read More