Searching for places on the BBC
We were wondering the other day how much people search for local information from the BBC, so as a quick hack we got hold of the top 10,000 search terms from the bbc.co.uk search logs for one day, July 9th. Then using the Yahoo! Placemaker API we extracted any UK place names from the search terms, counted them up and plotted them on a map*. It's just a little thing but we thought it might be interesting.
* though I removed the map from the final rendering, I think it's prettier that way.
Tristan Ferne is Senior Development Producer, R&D, FM&T for Audio & Music Interactive.