Since the Virtual Earth V6 API was released last week I've been looking for a quick mashup idea to try out with it. Today I found it when I saw this really nice post on BlinkGeo where Andres builds a REST api that wraps Flickr and returns KML or GeoRSS representing the location of photos around the fires in southern California. I took his GeoRSS feed and a KML file from KPBS showing activity around the Fires and added each of them as a distinct layer to the VE Map Control. Because Virtual Earth runs in a web browser its easy to build applications that link to and interact with other web pages and take advantage of the myriad of web development tools that are out there, while not having to sacrifice on visualization options for your geo data. Try the Mashup here or click the images below.
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