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With the presence of a massive, global index of geographically-coded
data, users have the powerful ability to search for information in a
certain locale. For example, find the nearest French restaurant to my
current location, or tell me all of the tourist attractions in
Edinburgh. There are many ways in which a GeoWeb client could be
implemented, including a simple text-based interface like current
search technologies. Here we present a couple of GeoWeb clients that
we are developing.
Geoster - Photo Sharing|
The popularity of file sharing protocols and applications has been
amply demonstrated with the enormous usage of services like Napster
and Gnutella. We are developing a file sharing application
along the lines of Napster, but using the GeoWeb as the underlying
indexing and search infrastructure. Geoster (pronounced jester) is
an application built for sharing photos over the web using the GeoWeb.
It lets anyone to index their photos from around
the world and to share these with the rest of the world. This would
allow you to do searches such as, show me all photos that have been
taken of the Great Wall of China.
TerraVision - 3D Interface|
An alternative and compelling interface for geographic search is to be
able to fly to the location you are interested in and have all of the
relevant data stream automatically to your display. We are realizing
this goal using our TerraVision 3D terrain browser that is enabled as
a GeoWeb client. This can be thought of as another, more visually
intuitive, way to navigate the web: instead of looking at pages of
text and manually clicking on hyperlinks, you can use TerraVision to
fly to the place you are interested in and see all information about
that place pop into view.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 24-Oct-2001 00:23:05 PDT.