SOURCE: GlobalMotion

August 28, 2007 11:12 ET

GlobalMotion Launches to Provide Platform for People to Create an Online Resource for the World's Interesting Places

A Wiki-Based Platform Enables Structured Descriptions of Locations to Be Created in a Collaborative Fashion by Users Around the World

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - GlobalMotion Inc., today launched GlobalMotion.com (http://www.globalmotion.com), an online destination for people who are passionate about real world places. GlobalMotion.com was designed to allow people to post and edit information, pictures, webpage links and other content about any type of real world place -- from historic landmarks, recreation areas to commercial buildings or even great parking spots.

GlobalMotion can best be described as a cross between an online atlas and an encyclopedia whose content is built by a global community of users. The website provides a 'wiki-based' platform allowing people to create new articles or edit articles that other people have created on the website. Users add places by drawing or pinpointing spots on online maps and then adding pictures and information that provides further descriptions or accounts of the particular physical place or geographic area. All pieces of content (articles, photos, map elements) are geotagged with geographical coordinates, to uniquely associate each piece of content with its exact position on earth. This enables powerful ways to discover and read content, for example, all places can be browsed on an interactive map or browsed via descriptive categories, such as city/town, recreation area, landmark, etc.

A few examples of the types of places that can be found on GlobalMotion include:

The world's southern most city

-- http://www.globalmotion.com/wiki/Usuhaia,_Tierra_del_Fuego,_Argentina

Car pool parking in Palo Alto

-- http://www.globalmotion.com/wiki/Car_pool_parking_at_Pagemill,_and_highway_ 280

Statue of Yoda in San Francisco

-- http://www.globalmotion.com/wiki/Yoda_Statue

"Our vision is to empower a global community of users to collaborate and build a comprehensive and useful resource of the world's most interesting places and to make it widely accessible from anywhere on earth," said Joost Schreve, founder and CEO of GlobalMotion. "Whether you're a teacher who wants additional information for classes, a traveler who wants to find places to visit or if you are just interested in learning about new places in the world; we believe GlobalMotion will be the atlas for the Internet age."

Build It, Share It and Access It.

Powered by the proven, scalable MediaWiki platform and integrated with leading location-based web services including Google Maps, Geonames.org, GPSVisualizer and EveryTrail; it is quick, easy and fun for people to create content and collaboratively describe locations. Photos can be uploaded from computers or imported from online photo hosting sites such as Flickr and Panoramio.

People can also embedded widgets containing GlobalMotion content onto their blogs, websites or profile pages on social networking sites. Specific social network apps are in development.

A version of GlobalMotion will also be developed to make the content available on mobile devices such as mobile phones and GPS devices.

About GlobalMotion Inc.

GlobalMotion Inc. is a privately held company based in Palo Alto, California. The company was founded in 2006 and also owns and operates EveryTrail, www.everytrail.com, a site where outdoor enthusiasts can share and find information on a wide variety of trails from hiking and mountain biking to cross-country skiing and sailing routes.

More information at: http://www.globalmotion.com

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