SAN FRANCISCO — Publishing group Penguin built a Rough Guides website that is a crowd-sourced photo representation of the world. The site collects photos taken by readers and maps them on the site, where visitors can sort them visually.
Rough Guides is one of several partners showing off sites they built using the technology in Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft began offering the beta version of the browser to the public for free downloads on Wednesday and held an event at the San Francisco Design Center highlighting the software.
Penguin Group built the site with Kirkland-based developer Metia to promote its book “Make the Most of Your Time on Earth.” The site has room for 90,000 photo tiles that need filling by Rough Guide readers.
“It really transcends the browser experience,” said Peter Buckley, digital publisher of the travel division of the Penguin Group. “It feels more like an application than a browser.”
Buckley says he could imagine friends using it as a source of inspiration to plan a trip together.
The site is live here, but you will need an HTML5 compatible browser to experience it, either from Microsoft, Mozilla or Google. For a quick preview, check out the video I took of Andrew Martin, vice president of Metia, showing how the site works.
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