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Say I'm reading about the Iran hostages on Wikipedia
and follow the story to the Iran-Contra affair and want
to see where Nicaragua is.
Today attached to
'Nicaragua' is a vector image of the globe with
Nicaragua colored and all the rest gray. There are
borderlines, but no further information.
WikiGlobe (not to be confused with the
atlasgold:Wikiglobe image) would show the same
but when clicked on, would allow you to rotate the
globe, choose different mappings such as country
boarders, major landmarks and terrain, weather and
other information maps such as natural resources,
agriculture, nature etc.
The WikiGlobe will also have links to wp categories -
are lists pertaining to a certain subject, and a low res
It can show historical maps as well.
An external link to Google Earth or MS
Virtual Earth (perhaps one of the two would pay for
connecting in, not sure about the politics that went
around that. I do no that Google Search shows
Wikipedia articles as default, so the two ARE
somehow...) and the ability to show multiple
in disputed areas.
In later versions the WikiGlobe mapsite will have the
option to show current lighting, current time
to time zone), current weather, current disaster
areas, and have local maps with
pinpointed information, all gathered by the WikiGlobe
My town's cycling map
on OpenStreetMap [pashute, Jul 27 2014]
Nicaragua useless orthograpic projection
Click the X for the full wikipedia article on Nicragua [pashute, Jul 27 2014]
wikidata - could be included in this idea
the free knowledge base with 15,299,064 items that anyone can edit [mofosyne, Jul 27 2014]
||So basically a globular rendering of OSM?
||Thanks for pointing out OSM. I wasn't aware of it.
What do you mean by "Globular Rendering"?
||The differences I see:
a. OSM is high res. WikiGlobe will mostly NOT be
b. OSM is street map information with some layers,
WikiGlobe will be multiple source information,
including satelite images. The layers will exist, but
under a hierarchy.
c. OSM shows maps, while WikiGlobe at its initial
state shows the globe and interacts with it.
||I could imagine it would be useful when combined
with wikidata for those that are geotagged.
||It could use wikidata, but not link to it directly.
||WikiGlobe should be intuitive, attractive looking and
with simple interaction.