bbc berkshire’s google maps flood mashup

By on Jul 24, 2007 in BBC, blogging techniques, citizen journalism, journalism | 4 comments

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BBC Berkshire has created a Google Map mash-up that plots and displays the areas affected by flood warnings, the location of council emergency centres, places where BBC Radio Berkshire has reported from (called outside broadcasts or OB’s), videos of the flooding on YouTube and photos emailed to the website by audience members.

It’s a good example of how a mainstream media company can use third party tools to better collect and display information during a breaking news story or, in this instance, provide a valuable public service during a natural disaster affecting many thousands of audience members.