Tag: hyper local

by Brad Flora

So you’re thinking about starting a local blog. Maybe you’re a reporter tired of office politics and lowest-common-denominator assignments. Maybe you’re a neighborhood gadfly who wants to create a new place for locals to gather. Maybe you’re a realtor who wants to generate new leads. Either way, your local blog, like most new things, will […] more »

by Brad Flora

Here at NowSpots we’re developing a new advertising platform that will let local publishers sell and publish real-time ads on their sites. In my last post here on MediaShift Idea Lab, I explained why real-time ads are a better business model for hyper-local bloggers and local publishers than AdSense or existing display ad solutions. Since […] more »

by Ian Cairns

In my last post about [TileMill](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/08/tilemill-custom-maps-to-help-with-data-dumps-hyper-local215.html), I outlined some of our general plans and the background for why we’re working on this project to help make it easier for people to design very custom maps online. One question that we get a lot from people who are new to the GIS space is, “When would […] more »

by Ian Cairns

[TileMill](http://mapbox.com/tools/tilemill) is an open source toolkit that helps you create beautiful custom maps in the cloud, built by [Development Seed](http://developmentseed.org). We recently won a Knight News Challenge award (a.k.a. [“Tilemapping”](http://www.newschallenge.org/winner/2010/tilemapping)) to help us release a new version of TileMill that will make it even easier for people to design highly custom maps — using their […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

When I think about my project, SochiReporter, I often recall the seminal 1961 book by Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” This book challenged the conventional wisdom of city planners of that era and celebrated the vibrancy of the urban streetscape. It also encouraged citizen involvement in the development of neighborhoods. […] more »

by Richard Anderson

VillageSoup is one of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation’s first year’s recipients of a Knight Brothers News Challenge Grant. It is in Gary Kebbel’s words, the only single platform, full service projected funded in 2007. I will try in this blog to share a view which will hopefully encourage others to engage […] more »