This new heatmap of all the many hundreds of so-called hyperlocal publishers across the UK has been produced by Rob Powell – at an easy to remember URL too http://hyperlocal.uk.
Of course the image above is just that, a static image of a sceengrab, but if you click through to the map on he page you can delve deeper, breaking out those clusters into closer and closer locations.
Rob, who also runs the hyperlocal greenwich.co.uk, created the map in PHP along with the Google Maps API. It makes use of the Openly Local database of hyperlocal sites which we here at talk about local help to maintain.
He said: “One of the cool things the map does is grab the favicon.ico file of the websites so for where sites have made their own, that individuality gets represented on the map or if they just leave it as standard Blogger / WordPress icons, that’s quite interesting to see mapped too.”
In the future he hopes to develop it further and find other ways to navigate through to hyperlocal news sources. Watch this space and we’ll update you on what happens next.
The new map comes just days after the publication of the new piece of research which also shows how vibrant the sector is. Read more on that here.
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