Len gave me permission to post about this on LRH, and this looks like the right forum, so here goes:
I've been developing an online mapping system for hunters, based on the Bing mapping engine. We're just starting a beta testing period and are looking for some people who might like to play around with it and give us some feedback on whether or not we're going in the right direction.
The goal of the system is to provide an environment not just for scouting around a map and marking some points, but for keeping detailed records about your hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Basically, we've integrated a database with a nice front-end GUI that allows you to keep all kinds of records about places around the world. You can organize all of your map edits into separate notebooks, or tag them with keywords, and then enter notes, including detailed trophy reports and so on.
As I said, it's still at an early stage, but I think we're already providing a lot more functionality than you could get from the existing systems that are not oriented directly towards hunters. Since we're building this on top of the Bing system, you still have access to the regular satellite imagery and so on.
If you have a chance to check it out, the site is called Mobwana.com
and you can access the mapping software by clicking on the "Explorer" link in the main menu - there are also some tutorials (we just started writing these) that are in the "Articles" section of the site. Here are a couple of links to the first tutorials, and we'll have more up in a few days:
Mobwana Basics - Part 1
Mobwana Basics - Part 2 (Searching)
I'd really appreciate an opportunity to get some feedback from the gang here at LRH - we're really trying to build out a large-scale system that will help hunters (in addition to people who fish and so on). As we build out the data gathering capabilities, we'll also be able to generate interesting statistics - for example, which predator calls are the most successful at certain times of year and so on.
Thanks for your consideration, and I hope you'll get a chance to check this out.