We’re very happy to announce our first prototype of Plingorama, an interactive visualization of Plings data (Flash required). This first outing shows the where and when of Plings in a selected area. Pan around the map to find out what’s going on, and zoom out for a heat map of activity in Greater Manchester.
Plingorama’s customized map has been built using Cloudmade. This service makes use of crowd-sourced Open Street Maps data, and allows you to pick and choose colors and styles for map features. We particularly like the way we can include public transport and cycle paths on the display.
Activity in and around any city tends to be concentrated around a few areas. At lower resolutions, it’s easy to loose these patterns if you try to mark everything with a pin. We can fix this with a heat map, which highlights the activity hotspots in orange. Zoom in, and the colour code is repeated, so that venues with multiple events show up in orange, turning to red the more busy they become. This way, you can easily see where the action is near you.
Tell us what you think!
Plingorama can be customized to show places to go and things to do in any neighborhood, and will be available during the Summer of Plings. Pretty soon, we’ll be bringing in new features, such as keyword filtering, searching and further browsing options.
In the meantime, we’re eager to hear from you. If you’re involved with Plings and you’d like to help us develop the service in your area, please contact us to join our feedback panel, and we’ll provide a custom view of your region. What would you like to see? Found any bugs or other problems with Plingorama? Tell us about it!