So you want to talk HyperLocal?

Some great resources and players that we’ve been learning from lately in the world of hyper local content…

The Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership’s learning lab has presented 11 speakers this summer on news technology.  Our favorites:

  • Shazna Nessa, Director of Interactive at the Associated Press, talks about bringing tech innovation into larger organizations.
  • Amanda Cox, a graphics editor at the New York Times, talks about the work their group of 25 people are doing.  Great perspectives on simplify data graphically.  ”Everyone wants to know about their neighborhood.”

The people at Street Fight Magazine are focusing on hyper local content and are sponsoring a conference in NYC next month.  Lots of good news and info on the space.

And Tackable has released an excellent iphone app that shows local data on maps, allows people to add their own content, and take news gathering assignments.  They also just release an iPad app – TapIn.

We also like Oakland Local.  It’s a web-only local community focused web/news site run by Susan Mernit.  Looking to see innovation in motion, and new thought for the space, take a look.

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Party map at BlogHer 2011

The Maven of Social Media blog has used Community Maps to create a party map for @blogher11.  Kerri used an embedded map with a custom layer for the party info – all managed from a Google Docs spreadsheet.  The blog also created a permanent feature called Social Map.

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ConferenceHound powers local maps with GatheringPoint

ConferenceHound partners with GatheringPointConferenceHound has added a “Local” tab to their conference information pages.  They are helping conference attendees find the other great things they can do while in town for a conference.  Select the “Local” tab from any conference on the site and check out the neighborhood.  Check out an example here.

Update: Here is the press release.

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Half Moon Bay Review adopts GatheringPoint maps

Half Moon Bay Review map feature


We’re happy to see our “Community Map” embedded map product live at The Half Moon Bay Review under the name “WalkAbout.”

The people at the review are already maintaining their own custom content layer with beach info and plan to use it for breaking stories.

The Review’s parent company, Wick Communications, has a nice article about it on their site too.

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It’s Time to Start Talking!

This is the start of the GatheringPoint blog.  We hope you’ve been enjoying our web service, and promise you lots of enhancements in the future!  We’ll be in app stores with tablet and smartphone versions, as well as some new speciality apps.

So here we go, thanks for joining us!

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