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BBC Mashed: Lonely Planet API, and The Lonely Planet M-Site

Over at BBC Mashed event in London, attendees have been given access to newl released The Lonely Planet API, which will give map developers access to Lonely Planet’s huge resource of geographical data, including:

  • ‘points of interest’ for locations throughout the world
  • ‘destination profiles’ – with historical and cultural information
  • tens of thousands of professionally taken photographs

This API will undoubtedly prove very popular and should lead to many exciting Google Maps mash-ups.

Keir Clarke reports that Chris Boden, Director of Global Business Development at Lonely Planet, showed him Lonely Planet’s own mash-up for mobile phones, The Lonely Planet M-Site.

The Lonely Planet M-site utilises the points of interest, the destination profiles and the photographs that are available in the API and tags them on Google Static Maps.

The site couldn’t be easier to use – simply enter your location and click on ‘what’s around me?’. You are then shown a static map of your location tagged with points of interest. You can refine your search by selecting ‘Sleep’, ‘Play’, ‘Eat’, ‘Shop’ or ‘See’, which should be pretty self-explanatory so I won’t bother explaining them.

I’ve already used The Lonely Planet M-site to find a restaurant for this evening. I now can’t wait to see what the mapping community can build using Lonely Planet’s new API.

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