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Mapping software company Digital Map Products Inc. today launches SpatialStream, a geospatial platform that will give Web site developers an easy way to visualize what might otherwise be hundreds of data points on a spreadsheet, make databases interact, and manipulate how they display data on online maps. "SpatialStream is more than just putting points on a map; it's about what you do with those points," said Jim Skurzynski, the company's CEO and founder. "2009 was the year when companies said, 'Look at all the data we can show.' 2010 will be about 'What are you going to do with that data?' " While many real estate sites offer consumers various statistics about a particular area -- crime patterns, school scores, neighborhood boundaries, sale prices -- those data often don't interact. SpatialStream allows developers to "make maps do things," said Annie Schwab, the company's marketing director. In a featured video on its site, the company animated...