Cincinnati, a beautiful downtown city has launched of Microsoft Virtual Earth into Cincinnati.com by adding the ability to view all kinds of interesting data about Cinci with their CinciNavigator application. This site has tons of data to view about different aspects of the city ranging from news stories to gas prices to dog licenses!
There’s all of this data in the public domain that has a geographic context, so what better way to view it than on a map? Let’s get practical and see these features. First off, the checkbox dashboard application makes the site super simple to use. By clicking on a checkbox in the respective category you’ll get the set of pins representing the data feed.
For navigation, not only do you get a simple click the checkbox feature with robust custom pushpins and rollovers, but you can also select the categories you want and just move the map. Panning or zooming the map automatically refreshes the results! Plus, you can filter your results based on dates. So, you can search for a location and specify certain dates for your search to filter out only category items that you’re interested in during the respective time frame.
Additionally, you get a corresponding list of detailed results below the map with tabs for each category. As you click on any of the detailed results from the list under the map, the pushpins light up on the map to highlight the location and the rollovers open to show a picture (if applicable) and details about the respective category item.