Monday, July 21, 2008
The BBC just launched their Beijing Olympic venue map and they've done a superb job with Microsoft Virtual Earth as their back-end mapping support. It is an icon-driven interface that allows you to see a photo of the venue and the events taking place at that location. The map loads a little slow, however, and if they get a lot of traffic it will impact performance even more. What I like most is the simple layout and ability to find sports associated with the popup. However, it's a little annoying not to be able to remove the map graphic/cartoon they developed to show the venue thus hiding the satellite image of the area.
You can blog with the BBC or post Twitter comments on the map so they are obviously looking to hear from those onsite during the games.
Don't bother with the "official" Beijing Olympics Venue Map...its static.