In the initial stages of this project my client mentioned the desire to have an interactive page that would provide the ability for users to keep track of the latest progress of Project Clay.
During the process this idea was partially dropped as the clients vision for this page was quite significantly out of sync with the project schedule, so i decided to provide a temporary solution.
Despite the client initally stating they didnt want a map, a map they have got! In the future i would suggest building a custom interface that pulls in technology from outside sources such as Googlemaps, Flickr and Wikipedia etc to create the application the client wants. The solution i have come up with at this time is to use a combination of Googlemaps and a site called Dopplr.
Dopplr is a web 2.0/social community site that you can log your past, present and future travel plans. It automatically encodes its RSS feed with GeoRSS data which rather handily can be interpreted by google maps to plot all your travel plans on a nicely embeddable google map.
So i have signed up to Dopplr, input details of countries involved in Project Clay as if i were travelling to them, exported that data to a custom google map and hey presto you have this page…