The IDV’s Spatial Wiki allows you to contribute to the creation of what may become a serious repository of location information inclusive of all the data we the world need to improve the scale and accuracy of mapping out the world in order to use it as the canvas in which we paint our information for data visualization. The interface for this has been challenging, but with Virtual Earth and Silverlight on the front end and IDV’s Fusion Server (a layer atop of SQL Server) in the back end it seems the time is right for just such an experiment to get us a step closer to spatial Shangri-la.
The site allows you to search through the current repository of user contributed data. You can modify data that exists today. You can restore data since the Drawings have a time dimension / source control feature added to them. Or, you could just draw your own maps to create specific regions of interest to you and save them for future reference.
The Spatial Wiki is very much like the Collections feature on Live Search Maps in that you can store your collection of points, polygons and lines in a cloud and search on them. While Collections on Live Search Maps play a bigger role in the Microsoft strategy by indexing the results in Live Search, the Spatial Wiki fills a void for some really great, easy to use tools for sharing and duplicating map annotations. Now, a year from now when the wiki is good and full, what do you think IDV is going to do with all this data? That, my friends, is the million dollar question.