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Where 2.0 Conference: Read / Write World: Microsoft’s Future Vision of Mapping and Visualization Demonstrated

Today, at the Where 2.0 Conference in San Jose, CA, Microsoft’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated Microsoft’s future vision of mapping and visualization called “Read / Write World.”

The Read/Write World is a project to index, unify, and connect of the world’s geo-linked media. Consisting of a cloud-based geo-indexing, matching and processing services, the scenarios it’ll enable include:

  • Seeing your photos automatically connected to others.
  • Being able to simply create immersive experiences from your own and others’ photos, videos, panoramas, and models
  • “Fixing” the world, when the official imagery of your street is out of date.
  • Visually mapping your business, your rental apartment, or your local strip mall, and allowing everyone to explore it.
  • Understanding the emergent information from the density and tagging of Geo-media

Read / Write World allows users to view fully integrated Block View images on a Bing Map. Read / Write World interlaces Bing Maps, Photosynths, and the new Reality Markup Language-tagged images to be associated with their respectively places in the world.

Microsoft’ll provide open source viewing code and cloud-based services to power the Read/Write World, and will make available its beautiful map imagery and more than 50,000 “synths” and panoramas that’ve been publically shared to the Photosynth Web site.

Also announced that the incredible 360 Cities panoramas — are going to be indexed by the Read/Write World, with many available for Creative Commons reuse, under the control of the original photographers.

The more than 90,000 professionally shot panoramas of the world’s landmarks, natural wonders, historic buildings, and places of interest will join forces with the incredible imagery assets of Bing Maps and the Photosynth community to create a rich trellis for the Read/Write World.

This video shows a prototype of RML viewer swimming through a connected graph of map imagery, panoramas, videos, and still images:

More Info: Read/Write World

[Source: Bing Maps blog]

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