In the Press: Making Maps to Challenge Readers with UMapper

Few days ago we came across an excellent post on Headlines and Deadlines by Alison Gow on Making Maps to Challenge Readers with UMapper. Alison describes the process of creating a GeoDart game in great detail and provides tips on how to make GeoDart games engaging. Here is a quick quote:

I’m not normally a big fan of verbing words but today I’ve been Umapping. Or, to be more specific, I discovered a mapping tool that has a neat little online game you can make,to send users clicking against the clock, trying to answer questions on a global or local scale.

My UMapper map – imaginatively titled How Well Do You Know Liverpool? poses questions such as ‘Where was John Lennon born’, ‘Can you find Paddy’s Wigwam’ and – of course – where Liverpool FC and Everton FC play their home games.

The GeoDart game produced by UMapper can be as big and as clever as you want it to be. I signed up for the free basic account, and selected theGeoDart game option, using Bing Maps (which I opted for – I could also have used Google, Yahoo, or OpenStreet Maps among others)…

Please visit Alison’s blog to read the entire article.

In the Press: Video Interview with UMapper CEO

If you want proof that UMapper is run by real people and not robots, watch the UMapper founder and CEO Andrei Taraschuk chat with folks from GISCafe at Where2.0.

Andrei Taraschuk Where 2.0

In case you missed Where 2.0 this year, here are few hightlights from the geo world:

Check out the O’Reilly YouTube channel for the complete list of Where 2.0 talks.

UMapper In the Press: Roundup

Over the past few weeks UMapper has been mentioned in a number of online media publications and blogs. We love the publicity and would love to share some of those posts with you:

Mapping Chilean Earthquake

This morning Chile was rocked by a devastating 8.8 earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives. The earthquake was extensively mapped by our community, some of the most notable maps are embedded below. If you’re looking to pitch in and help the relief effort in Chile, you can find more info here.

Huge 8.8 quake hits central Chile by StarTribune

Aftershocks in Chile 27-Feb-2010 by InfoSismos

Earthquake Twitter Map

In addition, our maps were used to illustrate new articles on Chicago Sun-Times, StarTribune and

Tracking Vancouver Olympic Tweets with UMapper

As we prepare to officially release our Twitter Search template, some of our test maps are getting excellent publicity. The Vancouver Olympics Twitter map has been mentioned on several blogs and has generated quite a bit of buzz on Twitter. Here is the map:

The Twitter template is on its way to being released next week. Thanks to all beta testers for their helpful feedback and to these wonderful bloggers for spreading the word:

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