November 11, 2008
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While many are excited about live traffic data on firm ground, others have turned their attention to the other 3/4 of the earth. According to The Map Room, many ships are required to carry transponders to broadcast their location. The result is a lot of public marine data and the perfect situation for a classic map mashup.
Imagine if you could peek into your users' checking accounts and see what they earn. In a way, you can. A creative new API from big data trailblazer InfoChimps uses IP geolocation to return U.S. Census data, including annual income. There are also updates to the company's Twitter influence and trust data APIs.
When you think of libraries, you probably think about great walls of books. But books are not the only media in which information can be recorded, and the British Library is offering people a way to record, preserve and share the sounds of their local neighborhood with its new mashup.