Microsoft Announces Read/Write World To Unify Geo-linked Media


20, 2011

From Bing blog,

The Read/Write World is a project to index, unify, and connect of the
world’s geo-linked media. Consisting of a cloud-based geo-indexing, matching and
processing services, the scenarios it will enable include:

  • Seeing your photos automatically connected to others.
  • Being able to simply create immersive experiences from your own and
    others’ photos, videos,  panoramas, and models
  • “Fixing” the world, when the official imagery of your street is out of
  • Visually mapping your business, your rental apartment, or your local
    strip mall, and allowing everyone to explore it.
  • Understanding the emergent information from the density and tagging of
  • Microsoft will provide open source viewing code and cloud-based services
    to power the Read/Write World, and will make available its beautiful map imagery
    and more than 50,000 “synths” and panoramas that have been publically shared to
    the Photosynth Web site.
  • Read / Write World allows users to view fully integrated Block View
    images on a Bing Map.
  • Read / Write World interlaces Bing Maps, Photosynths, and the new Reality
    Markup Language-tagged images to be associated with their respectively places in
    the world.
  • We are also proud to announce that the incredible 360 Cities
    panoramas – the world’s largest and fastest-growing collection of immersive
    panoramic imagery — are going to be indexed by the Read/Write World, with many
    available for Creative Commons reuse, under the control of the original
  • The more than 90,000 professionally shot panoramas of the world’s
    landmarks, natural wonders, historic buildings, and places of interest will join
    forces with the incredible imagery assets of Bing Maps and the Microsoft
    Photosynth community to create a rich trellis for the Read/Write World.
  • The Read/Write World is in development at
    You can read more about it there, see videos, and experiment with some of the
    early code.

Oops, did we just change the world again? I think so! More to come on how
developers can engage with Read / Write World and Reality Markup Language (RML)
in the coming months, but what you can expect is a schema-less data format, very
flexible, where we only need to know several common things like location and
author. A platform that is highly user-extensible in JSON-type and XML syntax.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}