Pantastic Portal: Inward and Outward-Facing Interactive Panoramas
Microsoft’s SharePoint Portal (MOSS 2007) provides the ability to create custom List Web Parts with files, references, and attributes. A cool application of this SharePoint feature is to integrate a series of images, coordinate information, and general direction. Sending that data to an interactive map where those images are stitched and displayed in the context of location provides a smooth means of interaction and a better, timely, understanding of what’s there. The benefit of the Portal is that it provides the aptly permissioned end-user the ability to compile sets of panoramic imagery and supporting information, themselves. Pushing the resuts into an immersive interface illustrates how frequently-updated imagery can aid in emergency response for organizations with sprawling assets -the source imagery could be as simple as snapshots taken by a person walking around a facility or even down a hall.
What about time?
Imagine the radial scroller was a timepiece and the images that were animated through were driven from a time-stamped List Web Part? There are a lot of options for this kind of portal-driven, user-contributed content. The times they are exciting.