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September 15, 2006

Google Mashup at Boston.Com

by @ 11:27 am. Filed under Current Events, Technology

Last October Google announced that it was releasing the code to its mapping application as open source software. The company’s intent was to allow anyone to combine their own data with Google maps, creating what’s called a “mashup.” We immediately saw great potential in using Google maps in combination with our own data on property sales, foreclosures and other things. Unfortunately, we don’t have total control over our network and website and ran into bureaucratic inertia at echelons above registry (EAR) that are still frustrating our efforts. The Boston Globe at its www.boston.com website, however, launched a great example of a Google mashup just last night. The Globe took publicly available information containing the name and address of individuals who have donated to the various candidates running for governor this year and plotted them on a map that is searchable by zip code. Color-coded circles plot the location of donors. When you click on a circle, a “data balloon” appears containing the name, address, date and amount of donation. It’s very interesting but also a little disconcerting, but that’s the direction society’s heading. Hopefully, we’ll be able to add a Google mashup containing registry data to our website in the coming months.

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