Using Bing Maps for Gig Listings

When looking at tour dates for a band’s European tour, it would be unlikely that you’d travel to another country to see them. So why do promoters insist on presenting tour data in the same old list fashion? In this post, I’m going to approach a set of tour data but with a geographic spin by plotting tour dates using Bing maps. 

The reason being, that I am more likely to rearrange my social life around a date that is close to me, than go see a band in a different country. Later, I’ll show how this can also work on a city level and how it can be used to plan your night, not just your gigs.

This initial example suggests tour dates for a fictional band called The Evangelists to show how this can work across Europe. You can view the Bing map I created for this demo here:

http://bit.ly/adKTJm

In this demo I plan to show you how simple it is to plot a tour onto Bing maps, add additional information and then link back to your website.  A later post will work on a city level using real tour dates from Iain Eccleston & The Blue Horizon.

Here’s a video showing you how.

So that’s an example of how you can socialise your map content. The same approach could be taken by your local football club to plot the various away grounds that they will play at in a season (also an opportunity to take advantage of the Bing directions) or you could use it to plot a trip round the world adding pins, photos and links to your blog from the places you visit.

I hope you found this useful, I hope you are able to use these techniques in the future.

Published by Spooner

Creative Technologist at Microsoft in the UK working in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, he is at the forefront of emerging technologies being developed across Microsoft and champions their deployment to developers and digital agencies. His work is focused around mobile, the web and Natural User Interfaces.

2 Comments So Far, what do you think?

  1. Jamie Thomson

    Cool.
    Tho how much better would it be if a list of gigs were marked up with microformats specifying where & when – and I could then pass the URL of that page to Bing Maps which would suck out the where & when and stick it onto a map.

    That's where we need to get to. Make the web work for us, not against us!

  2. Spooner

    @JamieT – Thanks for the feedback, this is using features available to us here and now. Bing Maps is constantly evolving and adding new features – in the last few days we've had the release of OpenStreetMap: http://bit.ly/9ZIx5B and Sexy Maps: http://j.mp/axWqlb (I'm sure that's not an official title). Follow @BingMaps on Twitter for up to date information.

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