SOURCE: MetaCarta

March 24, 2008 08:00 ET

MetaCarta Launches New Web Site That Collects Local News From Around the World and Visually Displays It on a Map

New Geographic Search Engine Ideal for News, Real Estate, and Travel Applications

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - MetaCarta®, Inc., the leading provider of geographic search and referencing solutions, today announced GeoSearch News, an innovative geographic search engine that displays current news on a map. GeoSearch News indexes an extensive collection of more than 1,400 national, international and local news sources every hour in addition to direct feeds from the Associated Press and Reuters. GeoSearch News provides users a single site on which they can learn what is happening now at any destination in the world.

GeoSearch News is an ideal resource for consumers who may be investigating a real estate purchase, planning to travel or news junkies that are looking for a broader perspective on local and worldwide coverage.

--  Real estate buyers discover what is happening in their targeted
    neighborhoods by searching for crime reports, editorial opinion, community
    news, and local events.
--  Travelers can learn about current happenings at their destination that
    can enhance their trip, such as new museum exhibit openings or learn of
    events that may interrupt their travel plans, such as transportation
    strikes, environmental issues, or political unrest.
--  News junkies can gain a broader perspective and opinion on news
    without having to visit multiple sites.
    

GeoSearch News lets users specify their place-of-interest by entering a place name in a text box or panning/zooming a map to a desired place or region. Users can refine their search by simply repositioning the map. Search results are presented in order of relevance as determined by a combination of keyword(s) and the specified geography.

"GeoSearch News is an entirely new way for people to find news on the web," said Rick Hutton, Vice President of Content Services at MetaCarta. "It combines the unique power of geographic search with keyword search and is the single place to find current news stories, from a wide variety of sources, about any place, quickly."

About MetaCarta

MetaCarta, Inc. is the leading provider of geographic search and referencing solutions. MetaCarta products make data and unstructured content "location-aware" making that information geographically relevant. Using a map interface, these innovative solutions make it possible for customers to discover, visualize, and act on important location-based information. Founded by a team of MIT researchers in 2001, MetaCarta is privately held, with US headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and offices in Vienna, Virginia and Houston, Texas and resellers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.metacarta.com or MetaCarta Resource Center.

MetaCarta is a trademark of MetaCarta, Incorporated. All other product or corporate references may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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