National Geographic is publishing 120 years worth of their magazines onto a 6 DVD set (or external hard drive) for amazing discoveries, fascinating [Bing] Maps, and the world’s best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it. Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search for photographs, browse the globe, or wander on your own expedition.
Check out the video on their web site. Bing Maps is featured at ~1:20. NatGeo uses Bing Maps in their Geobrowse functionality which allows you to browse a map anywhere in the world to find locations where relevant articles are referenced using geographic metadata. Specifically, the DVD collection features an intuitive and user-friendly navigation that permits users to search by keyword, date, contributor and topic, and to browse all articles, illustrations, photographs and advertisements; a new Geobrowse function powered by Bing Maps that allows users with Internet access to search nearly 5,000 locations on a globe that are featured in the magazine’s archive of articles and maps. So, you can just search for a place such as Germany <shameless plug>where I’ll be for Tech Ed Europe in 10 days </shameless plug> and find all of the relevant articles in all 1400+ issues.
Well, this is a new use case for me. Where else can I get BIng Maps plugged in….
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