MetaCarta Collects Local News from Around the World and Visually Displays it on a Map

MetaCarta®, Inc., a provider of geographic search and referencing solutions and driving force
behind OpenLayers,
announced GeoSearch
News, an innovative geographic search engine that displays current news on a map. GeoSearch News indexes an
extensive collection of more than 1,400 national, international and local news sources every hour in addition to
direct feeds from the Associated Press and Reuters. GeoSearch News provides users a single site on which they can
learn what is happening now at any destination in the world.

GeoSearch News is an ideal resource for consumers who may be investigating a real estate purchase, planning to
travel or news junkies that are looking for a broader perspective on local and worldwide coverage.

  • Real estate buyers discover what is happening in their targeted neighborhoods by searching for crime reports,
    editorial opinion, community news, and local events.
  • Travelers can learn about current happenings at their destination that can enhance their trip, such as new
    museum exhibit openings or learn of events that may interrupt their travel plans, such as transportation strikes,
    environmental issues, or political unrest.
  • News junkies can gain a broader perspective and opinion on news without having to visit multiple sites.
  • GeoSearch News lets users specify their place-of-interest by entering a place name in a text box or panning/zooming
    a map to a desired place or region. Users can refine their search by simply repositioning the map. Search results
    are presented in order of relevance as determined by a combination of keyword(s) and the specified geography.

    „GeoSearch News is an entirely new way for people to find news on the web,“ said Rick Hutton, Vice President of
    Content Services at MetaCarta. „It combines the unique power of geographic search with keyword search and is the
    single place to find current news stories, from a wide variety of sources, about any place, quickly“.