Mapnificent is a neat tool that shows the area that can be reached by walking or public transit from a given point — the idea being that you can figure out, for example, which neighbourhoods would be within a 30-minute commute of your workplace. The video above explains how it works. Via Andrew Sullivan.
Hacks & Mashups
Nancy Scola on Tech President: “Every time something happens in the world these days, somebody makes a map about it. […] But the growth of the digital mapping space makes it worth considering things from the perspective of the people who devote their time to making these maps. Why do they bother building maps? What are they hoping to do? What aspects of mapping do they worry about? In short, what do they think about when they’re mapping?” Interviews with eight people covering everything from citizen cartography and open mapping to map mashups. Via OpenStreetMap.
An article in The New York Times Magazine looks at online maps as popular entertainment: “[T]he really interesting stuff comes not from the massive compilation of information by a giant corporation” — i.e., Google — “but rather from the creative projects of smaller entities that find interesting ways to mine and tweak that information.”
The Guardian has taken the data from the Wikileaks Iraq war logs and plotted every death in Iraq on a map. Related article. Via Boing Boing and Google Maps Mania. See Google Maps Mania for links to other map mashups… • Continue reading this entry.
OpenHeatMap is an online tool for creating heat maps and choropleth maps; it generates the maps from user data in a spreadsheet and uses OpenStreetMap tiles for the basemap. (Here’s a list of the location variables OpenHeatMap can understand.) Via… • Continue reading this entry.
Harry Kao’s Commute Map takes census data about where people live and work and creates a map showing how many people commute to or from a given zip code, and how long it will take. It’s really quite impressive… • Continue reading this entry.
Recent updates to MapQuest include the ability to embed a map in your web page with a bit of HTML. I’m not sure whether to be pleased to see this feature at last or to be depressed that it took… • Continue reading this entry.
Interesting piece by Andrew DuVander on the state of mapping APIs. “Today we’re amidst another location and mapping revolution, with mobile making its impact on the web. And with it, we’re seeing even more geo services provided by both the… • Continue reading this entry.
Damon Zucconi’s Fata Morgana strips Google Maps of all the imagery — no coastlines, bodies of water, or roads — leaving only the labels behind. Zoom out and all you see is country names; zoom in close enough and you… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Maps Mania links to resources on how to create an isochrone map — i.e., a map that shows travel time from a given point by drawing lines like topographic contours — within the Google Maps environment…. • Continue reading this entry.
Last week, Google announced Styled Maps as part of version 3 of the Google Maps API; it allows developers to make changes to the appearance of maps appearing on their websites. Here’s Google’s case for the feature: “No matter which… • Continue reading this entry.
Clearly I missed a few things when the Ordnance Survey freed up its map data last month. The OS OpenSpace API allows developers to create web applications using Ordnance Survey maps; this includes mere mortals embedding maps into web pages…. • Continue reading this entry.
Mike Pegg, now with Google, returns to his old stomping grounds at Google Maps Mania to muse on the fifth anniversary of the first Google Maps hack. “Keep in mind that an API for Google Maps did not yet exist…. • Continue reading this entry.
Sean Connin asks what happened to neogeography, a concept that seemed all the rage not so long ago; his answer: that “neogeography” — i.e., web-based mapping tools — has gotten confused and conflated with GIS, which used to be neogeography’s… • Continue reading this entry.
Platial is shutting down; the site may go dark as early as tomorrow. Instructions on exporting data hosted by Platial have been posted, but the data will be archived at Geocommons. Di-Ann Eisnor explains: We are retiring the site because… • Continue reading this entry.
Geocoded Art geotags public-domain paintings of identifiable locations. The site requires that “a) the image is a recognizable depiction of [a] specific location (not just ‘Tuscan countryside’); and b) the image be in the public domain,” but does not include… • Continue reading this entry.
GeoVation encourages people to create “great ideas based on geography,” which is to say, map mashups. There are two competitions: one for ideas, more than 100 of which have been posted so far; and one for ventures, which involves prize… • Continue reading this entry.
Nico Mollet writes to tell us about his project: hundreds of free icons, colour-coded by category, to be used as placemarkers in Google Maps (API or My Maps). Previously: Custom Icons for Google Maps…. • Continue reading this entry.
Speaking of Google Maps APIs, the Google Maps API for Flash now has three-dimensional perspective maps. “We’ve taken the regular API, added pitch and yaw, borrowed the look-around control from Google Earth, and thrown in some nifty camera trajectory support,”… • Continue reading this entry.
Google has produced two guides on how to add Google Maps to a website: the quick version, which shows you how to embed a simple map, search results or My Maps; and the advanced version, which links to the documentation… • Continue reading this entry.
An article in today’s Los Angeles Times uses a geocoding error in the LAPD’s crime map mashup to illustrate the perils of map data error. In the case of the LAPD’s map, crimes at addresses that could not be parsed… • Continue reading this entry.
Google LatLong points to a couple of resources for residents of the Fargo-Moorehead area affected by the flooding of the Red River: this My Map, put together by the owner of several Fargo-area radio stations (see above), and this… • Continue reading this entry.
A flurry of announcements last week related to Silverlight, Microsoft’s rich media browser plugin. Some will be of interest largely to geospatial professionals or web developers, like the public beta of the ArcGIS API for Silverlight or the Virtual Earth… • Continue reading this entry.
GeoChalkboard looks at the HeatMapAPI, a third-party API (it costs money at higher usage rates) for creating heat maps in Google Maps…. • Continue reading this entry.
Stefan Geens of Ogle Earth compares Google Latitude with GMap-Track, a service he’s been using on his site. “Letting your mobile phone update your location at all times can be useful among close-knit groups of trusted friends in urban settings… • Continue reading this entry.
Eric Pimpler of the GeoChalkboard blog (which I was not aware of prior to this) has posted the the fifth revision of Mashup Mania with Google Maps, a free 52-page e-book on the Google Maps API; direct link to the… • Continue reading this entry.
An even-handed article on Spiegel Online looks at how Google Maps can be used to help or even save people (e.g., providing information on Australia’s bushfires) to how it can be used to hurt people (e.g., displaying sensitive personal information… • Continue reading this entry.
NASA imagery of the bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria can be found here (from which I took the above image) and here. See also Universe Today. Imagery from NASA’s MODIS imagery is apparently being updated twice daily…. • Continue reading this entry.
Another look at the “renaissance in map-making that is rapidly changing how we use and combine maps and data,” driven by GIS and GPS and freely accessible mapping tools, this time from the Toronto Star…. • Continue reading this entry.
Kaitlin Duck Sherwood has a nice mashup of the 2008 U.S. presidential election results with demographic and other data. Choropleths galore! Via Google Maps Mania…. • Continue reading this entry.
“The public often saw the end product of the map creation process, but was largely limited to scribbling on paper when it came to creating maps of its own. Beginning in 2005, this paradigm turned upside down.” Sean Gorman’s article… • Continue reading this entry.
On the Virtual Earth evangelist blog, Chris Pendleton has a post pointing to several articles on creating thematic and heat maps with Virtual Earth…. • Continue reading this entry.
At the end of its two-year contract with Microsoft, real estate brokerage site Redfin went from a mix of Virtual Earth and Google Maps to Google Maps only. The reason? Google Maps renders pushpins a lot faster than VE, and… • Continue reading this entry.
Tiny Geo-coder is a basic online app for determining the latitude and longitude of a location, with a simple API and practical uses for web development. Via Free Geography Tools…. • Continue reading this entry.
What’s this? The Google Earth browser plug-in now works on Mac browsers (Safari 3.1, Firefox 3.0)? Now I’ll (finally) be able to view certain Web sites properly. Digital Earth Blog, Google Earth Blog. The combined Intel/PowerPC download is apparently 47… • Continue reading this entry.
I should have mentioned MapTube long ago; Andrew Hudson-Smith wrote to me about it in May: MapTube, the new mapping site from the guys at Digital Urban and CASA at University College London to view, overlay, mix and match… • Continue reading this entry.
The NFL TV Distribution Maps site, which we’ve seen before, has been publishing maps of TV coverage for each NFL season since 2005. This year, though, they’ve switched to a Google Maps interface, which is actually an improvement, cartographically… • Continue reading this entry.
Heat maps of the Olympic medals, using Google Spreadsheets’s map widget: this one generates a map from a live results feed; Google Maps Mania creates a few using static medal numbers for the top 15, but divides the results by… • Continue reading this entry.
Off camping for a few days; here are a few links to tide you over: Roger Hart’s very good blog, GeoCarta, has moved to a new address and a new platform. The Sandusky Library Archives Research Center’s map collection is… • Continue reading this entry.
Two more recent Google-related items: North Oaks, a rather xenophobic town in Minnesota — the streets are privately owned — has asked Google to remove it from Street View; Google has complied with the town’s request. Google’s gotten into trouble… • Continue reading this entry.
Google has announced a new plug-in and API that will allow Google Earth to be run from within a browser, once the plug-in has been downloaded. Windows-only so far (but most browsers on Windows), so I can’t add to what… • Continue reading this entry.
Yahoo’s announcement of its Internet Location Platform will be of great interest to web developers and programmers interested in geolocating data, but completely abstruse to everyone else. The platform uses something called Where on Earth ID (WOEID), a numerical tag… • Continue reading this entry.
Géoportail, the mapping site of France’s Institut géographique national, is getting an API this month, Renaud Euvrard reports (in French). Two APIs, actually — regular and pro versions — with a 3D API slated for the summer. (Géoportail’s coverage is… • Continue reading this entry.
On A List Apart, an online magazine about web design by and for web designers (who can be an obsessively exacting lot), Paul Smith has an article about going beyond the Google Maps API (or presumably others) for a site’s… • Continue reading this entry.
Contour lines have been added to Google Maps’s terrain map layer, which adds its their usefulness (especially, for example, in a mountain context). But it has some way to go before it’s a suitable replacement for a topo map;… • Continue reading this entry.
I learned about the New Jersey State Atlas, a Google Maps mashup of New Jersey state data, on MetaFilter Projects, where its creater, John J. Reiser, posted it. Here’s how he introduced it: Originally a product of “hey, what… • Continue reading this entry.
“A new golden age of cartography has suddenly dawned, everywhere. We can all be map-makers now, navigating across a landscape of ideas that the cartographers of the past could never have imagined,” writes Ben Macintyre in his Times column. “Where… • Continue reading this entry.
Mike Pegg notes that despite the fact that it’s been a few months since the Google Maps API supported Moon, Mars and Sky, “we have not been inundated with Google Maps mash-ups that have taken advantage of these new astronomical… • Continue reading this entry.
MapQuest has relaunched its mapping APIs, calling them the MapQuest Platform: Free Edition. I’m not exactly sure how this works: MapQuest has had a free API along with commercial partnerships; I don’t know if this is meant to replace both,… • Continue reading this entry.
In These Times has a wide-ranging article on “the new cartographers” — i.e., the popular use of new mapping technologies. For some, mapping has become a vibrant new language—a way to interpret the world, find like-minded folks and make fresh,… • Continue reading this entry.
Centred on Zürich, this site provides real-time positions of Swiss trains — the icons freaking move — based on their schedules. “The current view is based on the Swiss train timetable, and does not yet show the actual GPS-positions… • Continue reading this entry.
The end of an era. Adrian Holovaty’s chicagocrime.org, one of the original Google Maps hacks that predated the release of the official API and that was frequently held up in the media as practically the archetype of the mapping hack,… • Continue reading this entry.
I still find the Google Sky interface less appealing than some dedicated planetarium software I’ve tried, but I’m still interested in the most recent updates, including, among other things, imagery from space-based telescopes and imagery layers from 17th-century celestial… • Continue reading this entry.
Catholicgauze points out that some content from The Onion’s Our Dumb World (reviewed here) is being put online, a bit more each week, both as a Google Maps mashup and a Google Earth layer; brief bullet-point-sized excerpts in each case…. • Continue reading this entry.
Custom icons for Google Maps. Ostensibly just fun, but this can be quite practical. The standard set of icons is useful but limited: imagine, for example, adding a set of map symbols from another source…. • Continue reading this entry.
Also announced last week, a beta release (of course) of Yahoo’s MapMixer tool, which allows you to overlay an image atop of Yahoo’s mapping engine. It seems analagous to Microsoft’s MapCruncher, which was released last year. Yahoo! Local and… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Maps are now embeddable as HTML in blog posts and other web pages. (If you’re familiar with embedded YouTube videos, it works exactly the same way.) This includes map layers (such as My Maps or a KML file)…. • Continue reading this entry.
A few items about Google Maps, some of which of interest to developers, others to everyone. An ad layer for Google Maps (see previous entry) is described as “ready for early testers”; at some point it will be unleashed for… • Continue reading this entry.
Map hacks have been around for a couple of years, but the real revolution in online mapping is much more recent — and involves the ability of amateurs, rather than programmers, to create maps using online tools. That’s the argument… • Continue reading this entry.
Google’s Mapplets, announced at the end of May, is coming along nicely: it’s now fully integrated into the “My Maps” tab of Google Maps, and you can save Mapplet content to a personal map. Google LatLong, Google Maps API Blog;… • Continue reading this entry.
I’m working on a big post on Google Maps on the iPhone today — or, more precisely, on the reaction to Google Maps on the iPhone — and I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to finish… • Continue reading this entry.
Darren McEntee writes, about my post about using Google My Maps KML in mashups, Can you please add a small piece of info in regards how to add a KML file to Google My Maps? I have tracked some past… • Continue reading this entry.
A nice touch. In its most recent update, Microsoft Virtual Earth added shaded relief to its road maps. This is something Google Maps lacks, but Google Karten notes that the map tiles from the Shaded Relief world map (see previous… • Continue reading this entry.
About a month’s worth of links related to Google Maps from my increasingly preposterous queue. Because the news wasn’t all about Street View. The imagery update announced in early June for Google Earth was applied to Google Maps only a… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World, from Wired’s July issue, is a far-reaching state-of-the-topic article that looks at Google’s mapmaking ventures and the tremendous amount of amateur mapmaking it’s stimulated. Covers all the bases. Noteworthy: “Today,… • Continue reading this entry.
Mashup makers take note: the Google Maps API now supports driving directions. Google has gone and bought photo-geotagging site Panoramio. At a Developer Day talk, Google’s plans for integrating AdSense into its map products. (Disclaimer: I make money from AdSense.)… • Continue reading this entry.
Also announced at Where 2.0: an ActionScript API from MapQuest. (ActionScript is the scripting language used in Flash applications.)… • Continue reading this entry.
Google’s been busy today. They also announced a developer preview of Mapplets, which to me seems like a mashup in reverse: instead of importing Google’s maps to data on your web site, data on your web site is imported into… • Continue reading this entry.
Yahoo and Microsoft have had mapping blogs for a while, but not Google — at least not until today, when the Google Lat Long Blog, which covers Maps, Earth, Local and the mapping API, made its debut. Now where’s the… • Continue reading this entry.
Pipes is a relatively new Yahoo service that allows users to do all sorts of things with feeds, though I haven’t yet had an opportunity to try it. It has now added geodata support, which means that RSS feeds containing… • Continue reading this entry.
Version 5.0 of the Virtual Earth API went live today; features include new and/or improved shape layer classes and customizable keyboard and mouse events. Mashups will need to upgrade to the new API to use the new features…. • Continue reading this entry.
A couple of extensions that allow wiki developers to add Google Maps to their wiki installations — at least, insofar as I can figure it, if they’re using MediaWiki: Extension: Google Maps and Google Maps Widget. Oddly enough, I’ve been… • Continue reading this entry.
O’Reilly Radar notes the fact that the maps are not only shareable, but searchable. Free GeoTools tests the accuracy of position markers generated in My Maps when they’re imported, as KML, into Google Earth: the test location was off by… • Continue reading this entry.
Something about Google’s My Maps thing that they don’t mention in the user guide: the fact that these maps are available in KML means not only that they can be viewed in Google Earth, but also that they can also… • Continue reading this entry.
GeoRSS and KML support has been added to the Google Maps API, which should have a major impact on how map mashups acquire their data. Since GeoRSS appears to be trivial to add to RSS feeds (Flickr can outputs GeoRSS… • Continue reading this entry.
An article about the proliferation of map mashups does not sound exactly groundbreaking in 2007, but this piece from Information Week looks at how businesses are integrating map APIs into their web offerings. Via Anything Geospatial…. • Continue reading this entry.
I can’t see it because I’m on a Mac and this is a Virtual Earth mashup, but Detroit Through the Years, which displays aerial views of Detroit from 1949 to the present, sounds like a fascinating project. Let me know… • Continue reading this entry.
Webmapper notes the availability of the first book about the Yahoo mapping APIs, Yahoo! Maps Mashups. “It was about time, especially as the Google Maps API is covered in quite a few books already,” writes Edward. The book’s author,… • Continue reading this entry.
The Shaded Relief world map should not be confused with Tom Patterson’s Shaded Relief site (previously); instead, it’s a Google Maps mashup with a custom layer. “We have created a custom layer using SRTM30+ and SRTM90 DEMs and used VMAP0… • Continue reading this entry.
There has been an explosion in mining claims lately; the Environmental Working Group’s U.S. Mining Database uses the Google Maps API to show active mines and claims on federal lands in the western United States. (There’s also a Google Earth… • Continue reading this entry.
Torontoist calls this transit map of Toronto “the best map ever in the history of anything.” What it looks like to me is the TTC transit map superimposed on a Google Maps interface. Not that that isn’t impressive in… • Continue reading this entry.
Recent map- and GPS-related questions on Ask MetaFilter (they even come with answers): Why haven’t GPS prices dropped as much as other electronics? The consensus seems to be that the GPS electronics cost next to nothing; the price point is… • Continue reading this entry.
The British Library exhibition, “London: A Life in Maps,” is now open, both in real life and online. The virtual exhibition that Peter Barber referred to is now online as part of the overall London: A Life in Maps web… • Continue reading this entry.
ACME Mapper started out as a front end for TerraServer; it’s now a Google Maps mashup that adds TerraServer data (including USGS topo maps) and NEXRAD weather radar data as additional layers — though these added layers are U.S.-only. Via… • Continue reading this entry.
You could previously view Google Earth KML files in Google Maps, but, the Google Maps API Blog reports, you can now do a few more things with KML/KMZ files (e.g., image overlays) within the Google Maps interface…. • Continue reading this entry.
ExtremeTech has published a sample chapter of its book, Hacking Google Maps and Google Earth by Martin C. Brown. The excerpt deals with customizing the map output for a community site (e.g., icons and markers, loading data in from XML),… • Continue reading this entry.
From Lifehacker, a top-ten list of map mashups that aren’t based on Google Maps. Thanks to Joel Riggs for the link…. • Continue reading this entry.
Platial has introduced MapKit, which integrates their service, built atop the Google Maps API, into your web page or blog (though there seem to be issues with certain blogging engines, including WordPress and Blogger). It looks profoundly easy to… • Continue reading this entry.
Mapz: A GIS Librarian takes a look at some mapping-related Firefox extensions: All Your Maps Are Belong to Us, which converts URLs for other mapping sites to Google Maps; GMiF, which embeds a Google Map on a Flickr photo page… • Continue reading this entry.
Zoomatron uses MapCruncher to overlay nautical charts on top of the Virtual Earth interface. Massachusetts and Washington states. The method reminds me of what Skyvector.com did with aeronautical charts. Via Windows Live Local/Virtual Earth. See previous entries: MapCruncher Update; MapCruncher…. • Continue reading this entry.
The API is only one half of a map mashup; the other half is the data being plotted on the map. In many cases, mashup makers do not own the data they’re mapping, but are using public (or at least… • Continue reading this entry.
Two books about programming with the Google Maps API are coming early next year, Google Karten reports: Beginning Google Maps Applications with Rails and Ajax, in the same series as the previously mentioned book about PHP and Ajax, and… • Continue reading this entry.
Gawker’s New York City Subway Smell Map, a Google Maps mashup with attitude: “Created from reports sent in by Gawker readers, the map displays particular smells — horrific and sublime — encountered throughout New York’s subway stations.” And you thought… • Continue reading this entry.
Yahoo! has updated its AJAX mapping API to version 3.4; among other things, it now includes polylines and a traffic data layer…. • Continue reading this entry.
The UN Environment Programme’s atlas, One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, was announced in June 2005 and has been available as a free download since at least last February. (You can always buy the book, of course.)… • Continue reading this entry.
On the Google Maps API Blog, an explanation of recent performance and imagery upgrades to the API. The improved imagery was noticed on Google Maps proper last week; this post includes a list of the areas that got those imagery… • Continue reading this entry.
MapCruncher, the Virtual Earth tool that allows you to integrate your map or image into their mapping system, is now natively supported by the API, the developers report. See previous entries: Live Local/Virtual Earth Update; MapCruncher…. • Continue reading this entry.
One drawback to Google Maps — and presumably to the other mapping services — is that while it’s easy to map points and lines (“polylines”), mapping regions (“polygons”) is something altogether different. And that makes it rather difficult to do… • Continue reading this entry.
Books about Google’s mapping services continue to appear. Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax is a new book about producing web applications using the Google Maps API and your data, whether your data is small and simple… • Continue reading this entry.
Chandu Thota reports that he has an article on the Virtual Earth APIs in the September issue of MSDN Magazine: “In this article, I’ll highlight some of the most salient features of the Virtual Earth APIs and show you how… • Continue reading this entry.
Ben has posted an e-mail exchange to the Geowanking mailing list that confirms that, according to a DigitalGlobe representative, “Google has signed an exclusive agreement with us to display our full-resolution imagery on the web,” which means that Google Maps… • Continue reading this entry.
This page overlays out-of-copyright Ordnance Survey maps (circa 1925 to 1945) on the Google Maps interface. Via Map GIS News Blog Etc. Etc. See previous entry: Ordnance Survey Overlays on Multimap Aerial Photos…. • Continue reading this entry.
Revision 2.59 of the Google Maps API adds four new features, including speed improvements, custom cursors, and an accuracy attribute for the geocoder, the Google Maps API Official Blog reports. Meanwhile, Andre Louis writes to tell us about his project,… • Continue reading this entry.
A black-and-white graphic from the Globe and Mail (direct link to image). A map-intensive Flash presentation from the Guardian. A Google Earth layer (KMZ format) showing the attacks on both sides — now, of course, it can be viewed… • Continue reading this entry.
A few web pages place the locations of yesterday’s bomb blasts in Mumbai, India (which you may know as Bombay) on Google Maps: there is this one (via Matt) and “>this one (via Ogle Earth); the latter is a KML… • Continue reading this entry.
On ZDNet, Phil Wainewright dismisses “Web 2.0” mashups — especially map mashups — as “fool’s gold”: they don’t integrate any data that wasn’t semantically easy to integrate in the first place (i.e., it’s not exactly rocket science to put geotagged… • Continue reading this entry.
Via Daring Fireball, I stumble across a page of podcasts from the SXSW Interactive conference from last March, and notice that one of them is from a session about maps called “How to Make the Most of Maps.” The description:… • Continue reading this entry.
The MTGoogleMaps Movable Type plugin (now at version 4.0) has some competition, kind of: MTMaps, now at version 0.6, which also uses Google Maps. Developer Patrick Calahan writes, “MTMaps is different from other map plugins in that it associates map… • Continue reading this entry.
A look back on Google’s Geo Developer Day on Monday, with some additional links on the subject. For summaries of the event, look at these reports from MacWorld and Search Engine Watch. The Google Maps API Blog discusses the… • Continue reading this entry.
The folks behind Yahoo! Local and Maps now have a blog. In their most recent post, they announce they’re lifting restrictions on commercial uses of the mapping API…. • Continue reading this entry.
Also from Google’s Geo Developer Day. In addition to the new version of Google Earth and upgraded imagery for Google Earth (coming soon to Google Maps), an entry in Google’s official blog announces the following major new features of Google… • Continue reading this entry.
Jeff Thurston thinks that MapCruncher (see previous entry) is “innovative”: “It would be interesting to see ‘artistic’ mapping using MapCruncher — personal mind maps, etched drawings, action/reaction layers and other kinds of unique maps created with this product. In other… • Continue reading this entry.
Windows Live Local got a major update today; see the official blog for an overview of what they call “the biggest release yet of Windows Live Local.” The update includes real-time traffic data (the TechCrunch post covering the launch has… • Continue reading this entry.
MapCruncher is this new thing from Microsoft Research that uses the Virtual Earth API (I guess it’s Virtual Earth for the technology, Windows Live Local for the online mapping site) to integrate your own maps into their system: Once you… • Continue reading this entry.
Probably the strangest Google Maps hack I’ve yet seen: ASCII Maps, which renders maps in coloured text characters. Weird, and possibly neat, but really quite useless. Crashes in Safari. Via O’Reilly Radar…. • Continue reading this entry.
I must confess that I haven’t yet taken a very close look at Platial.com, a web site built on the Google Maps API (see previous entry), so it was only via this National Geographic News article about mashups that featured… • Continue reading this entry.
A story on CNet about companies building their businesses around map mashups by Elinor Mills: “The main reason for caution is the very thing that makes mashups so popular — they’re fairly easy to create, and it’s not that difficult… • Continue reading this entry.
Congratulations to Google Maps Mania on its first anniversary. I’ve given up trying to keep track of all the hacks and mashups — my present policy is to blog about them generally, and include any mashups when talking about a… • Continue reading this entry.
GISuser.com has posted the first part of a three-part series on the Google Maps API, specifically on version 2. The first part is an introduction which thankfully doesn’t appear to assume too much prior knowledge; parts two and three will… • Continue reading this entry.
On the Mapping Hacks blog, Schuyler Erle takes a look at the “big three” online mapping APIs: “The big three — Google, Yahoo!, and MSN Virtual Earth — have basically converged, and their map display APIs look more or less… • Continue reading this entry.
More geotagging coverage. Tim’s page covers the steps involved in taking photos from a GPS-compatible digital camera (in this case, the droolworthy Nikon D200) and placing them on a Google Map; with source code (via Google Maps Mania). On the… • Continue reading this entry.
Jeff Thurston’s contribution to the debate over free geodata looks at the question of scale: if you want geospatial data to be free and updated regularly, consider the huge amount of territory that has to be mapped. Wired’s piece,… • Continue reading this entry.
Boing Boing reports that the archive of silly Tube maps (previously mentioned here) has gotten into a spot of legal trouble and has been taken offline. As a followup on this question, have a look at Stefan’s post about… • Continue reading this entry.
The Batch Geocoding Blog has a comparison of the Google, MapQuest and Yahoo! mapping APIs; it’s a quick outline of what the author sees as the pros and cons of each. Via Very Spatial. Alex Stengel says MapMemo 2.5… • Continue reading this entry.
(I’m going to try calling these link roundups “Triangulations” and see how that goes.) Via GPS Tracklog, the difference between Garmin’s and Magellan’s topo maps. The National Geographic Society is planning a “mega-map” of the Sonoran Desert region. “It will… • Continue reading this entry.
Evan Roberts asks, Why do you think Google hasn’t integrated USGS topographic quads as a layer in Google Earth? Not enough of a demand? Not relevant to its business model? Don’t want to step on the toes of GPS partners?… • Continue reading this entry.
MapQuest finally has an API: they’re calling it the OpenAPI, it’s in beta, it was announced yesterday at O’Reilly’s Emerging Tech Conference, and (naturally) it has a blog (via Spatially Adjusted). From what I gather — see Mapping Hacks and… • Continue reading this entry.
I’m not the most consistent of bloggers even at the best of times, but, depending on how things go, over the next two weeks posts to The Map Room might be a bit sporadic due to the demands of one… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Maps Hacks is now out and Directions has a review: “This book, started not long after Google Maps debuted last February, is dated. Google Maps is now known as Google Local. Throughout, we hear about how the software is… • Continue reading this entry.
More radio news. Our friend Mike Pegg of Google Maps Mania was on NPR’s All Things Considered today, talking about Google Maps mashups, bien sûr; here’s the story page, from where you can listen to the audio. In referencing this… • Continue reading this entry.
A Virtual Earth Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and a tutorial explaining how it was done. See previous entries: More Widgets; Houston Traffic Widget; Dashboard Widgets…. • Continue reading this entry.
The WordPress Geo plugin allows bloggers using WordPress to specify a default location for their blog and assign geographic coordinates to specific posts. Dylan Kuhn takes this one step further with his Geo Mashup plugin, which takes that geographic data… • Continue reading this entry.
iPods have been used for subway maps before (see previous entries: 1, 2, 3); now this site generates driving directions from Yahoo! Maps that can be exported to a photo-capable (i.e., colour-screen) iPod. Via Scoble…. • Continue reading this entry.
As part of a series on new web technologies, CNet has a long article about mashups that, like previous articles from other news organizations, serves as both an introduction to and summary of the whole Google Maps (and Yahoo! Maps,… • Continue reading this entry.
Google has launched a Google Maps API blog to keep developers better informed about changes to the API, plus, they say (because there’s only one post so far), tips and so forth. Via Google Maps Mania. But if the API… • Continue reading this entry.
GMiF (“Google Maps in Flickr”) is a Greasemonkey script (a Firefox browser extension) that allows you to see your geotagged photos on Google Maps from within Flickr. Thanks to Noel for the link…. • Continue reading this entry.
Simon Willison takes a look at Yahoo’s various mapping APIs. It’s a good (if brief) overview. Via Daring Fireball Linked List. See previous entry: Yahoo! Maps Upgrade…. • Continue reading this entry.
If you’re a blogger using Movable Type — which reminds me that I need to upgrade to version 3.2 at some point — you might be interested in the MTGoogleMaps plugin. It requires a Google Maps API key, naturally, but… • Continue reading this entry.
Scoble says both Yahoo! Maps and Virtual Earth are doomed: “it’s not about maps, it’s about the advertising platform that Google has built. It’s not about prettiness, it’s about who has the most user generated content (I still hate that… • Continue reading this entry.
Breaking news: Yahoo! has upgraded its mapping service with a new, Flash-based beta version with substantial interface improvements. In the 15 seconds or so I’ve had to play with it, it works very well — the inset for zooming is… • Continue reading this entry.
John Musser provides some examples of mashups using the Yahoo! Maps API from Yahoo!’s application gallery. Via All Points Blog. See previous entries: Yahoo! Maps API; Yahoo! Maps Hacks…. • Continue reading this entry.
Today’s New York Times has an article about mapping hacks and mashups (free registration required); it touches on the Google Maps API, naturally, but also mentions Yahoo!, Microsoft and the new Ning.com. Thanks to Joel Riggs for the link…. • Continue reading this entry.
Here we go again. Google Earth Blog has a collection of downloadable automated storm tracking tools (KMZ file). Google Maps Mania points to a couple of Google Maps based storm trackers. Spatially Adjusted links to ESRI’s existing hurricane viewer and… • Continue reading this entry.
Here’s another Virtual Earth port/hack to an unexpected but welcome place: Virtual Earth for Windows Mobile — i.e. Pocket PCs and Windows-based smartphones. Via the Virtual Earth team blog and Spatially Adjusted. See previous entry: A Microsoft Roundup…. • Continue reading this entry.
Speaking of Kathryn Cramer, she’s also put together a useful Google Maps mashup of earthquake data that allows us to see, quite precisely, where the quakes and aftershocks have hit in northern Pakistan. She notes: One interesting result I obtain… • Continue reading this entry.
In the past week or so, I’ve learned the following mapping news from Microsoft through map developer Chandu Thota’s blog: Overshadowed by the PDC stuff on Virtual Earth at the time, I guess, but version 4.0 of the MapPoint web… • Continue reading this entry.
Fantastic multidimensional satellite imagery of Hurricane Rita from NOAA; via Spatially Adjusted. Also, you can now track Hurricane Rita with Virtual Earth; via Scoble. On an organizational note, I’ve combined entries about Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita into a new… • Continue reading this entry.
Forbes has a big-picture introduction to Google Maps applications and the growing trend of geotagging as much information on the web as possible. Via Cartography…. • Continue reading this entry.
There are several resources for keeping tabs on the next volley of tropical storms to hit the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. NOAA’s Storm Tracker page for Rita and Philippe has tracking maps and satellite photos. Google Earth… • Continue reading this entry.
Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference last week was the occasion for some Virtual Earth announcements. Directions got a heads-up prior to the conference; Andrew Coates has some notes from the Virtual Earth session, which covered using the API for commercial use… • Continue reading this entry.
About a month ago, our friend John Resig spent a week on Google Maps: “I’ve been working a number of contract jobs — all of which have centered around the usage of the Google Maps API, a powerful tool for… • Continue reading this entry.
To mark the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the September 11 Digital Archive has used the Google Maps API to create an interactive map of New York with photos (blue markers) and stories (red markers) from that day. Via… • Continue reading this entry.
Virtual Earth hacks have either been few and far between or they just haven’t been getting any attention (see previous entry; the same could be said about Yahoo! hacks). I wonder whether the announcement that the Virtual Earth APIs are… • Continue reading this entry.
More flood maps of New Orleans (see this morning’s entry). Kathryn Cramer, whose blog has turned into an immense resource for Hurricane Katrina information, links to a Google Maps hack that shows the approximate water depth in flooded areas; because… • Continue reading this entry.
In addition to the Forbes article I mentioned yesterday, both the BBC and New York Times (free registration required) cover the use of Google Maps and Earth by ordinary users to collect and distribute information about the disaster — i.e.,… • Continue reading this entry.
I like what Jef’s done with this map of the Paris metro done with Google Maps. The lines are laid out as vectors, and it includes routing between two points, including line changes and estimated travel time. Via Google Maps… • Continue reading this entry.
The number of hacks and mashups of Google Maps prevents me from reporting on every single one of them properly, but I am paying attention, and will report on the more noteworthy ones, and on trends, when I can. The… • Continue reading this entry.
Rev Dan Catt says, “Even though Google get a lot of press for their API, I believe that Virtual Earth is far easier to code and gives you more hooks and feedback to use. … From a coding point of… • Continue reading this entry.
Flash Earth presents Google Maps and Virtual Earth satellite imagery through a Flash application. Why a Flash application, you may ask? The creator, Paul Neave, explains why: [T]he interface is much smoother to use. You get a sense of location… • Continue reading this entry.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are several hacks out there to change the Mac OS X Address Book’s address-mapping feature from MapQuest to other mapping services. (See previous entries: Map Sites: Hints, Tips and Observations; More Address Book Hacks.) The… • Continue reading this entry.
You’ve got to be kidding me: Google Maps and GPS on a Nintendo DS. Via Engadget. See previous entry: Google Maps on Mobile Devices…. • Continue reading this entry.
This Google Maps hack is both informative and chilling: “HYDESim maps overpressure radii generated by a ground-level detonation; these radii are an indicator of structural damage to buildings.” In other words, it overlays the blast radius of a nuclear-grade explosion… • Continue reading this entry.
I’ve posted those interactive geography games and quizzes before, and I’ve posted Google Maps-based sites before, but I think that Find the Landmark is the first map game that is powered by Google Maps (rather than Flash). Here’s how Geoff… • Continue reading this entry.
Geotagging comes in many flavours. First, let’s take a look at Tagzania, a web site where you can add keywords to specific geographic locations, and track that keyword via RSS. I’m not sure how scalable this concept is; imagine the… • Continue reading this entry.
Just try and keep up with all the new Google Maps hacks. Come on, I dare you. I’m so far behind it’s ridiculous; Google Maps Mania, on the other hand, is doing a first-rate job. (It helps that they’re specialized;… • Continue reading this entry.
Who says the data you mash up with Google Maps has to be static? Some of the best hacks are ones where the data is frequently updated, whether it’s daily or by the minute. For an example of the former,… • Continue reading this entry.
Getting Google Maps onto mobile devices is a natural step: when we’re going somewhere, we tend not to leave our maps behind, after all. One project was a hack to get Google Maps running on Series 60 Nokia phones, combining… • Continue reading this entry.
I’m in the awkward position of having to write posts about Google Earth without so much as being able to download it — at least, not until their promised Mac version comes out. Until that hopefully-not-too-long-off day, I can only… • Continue reading this entry.
As far as official mapping APIs are concerned, Yahoo! and Google announced theirs at roughly the same time. But, thanks to the unofficial hacks and a big lead in mindshare, Google Maps is getting all the attention. This isn’t something… • Continue reading this entry.
If you’re interested in building maps with the Google Maps API, you should be aware of the relevant Google Group. You might also find the Phoogle Maps PHP class useful: it does a lat/long lookup of a street address so… • Continue reading this entry.
Computer geeks are the ones hacking Google Maps. Computer geeks like WiFi. No surprise, then, that several of the map hacks using the Google Maps API involve wireless hotspot locations. Maps of free WiFi access points are available for New… • Continue reading this entry.
It probably says something about our society that one of the most common Google Maps API hacks is to plot the addresses of registered sex offenders from public databases. Recent hacks include pages for Georgia, Chicago, Lawton, Oklahoma and Utah…. • Continue reading this entry.
It seems that every time I step away from the computer, I come back to several new mapping hacks using the Google Maps API (see previous entry). I’ve got some backlog to work through, suffice to say. But first I… • Continue reading this entry.
Not that I haven’t mentioned Mapping Hacks enough already (see previous entries: Mapping Hacks, Mapping Hacks Now Out), but you might be interested in this pretty thorough review over on Blogcritics…. • Continue reading this entry.
Today’s Wired News article, Map Hacks on Crack, covers the announcements of, rules for, and reactions to the Google and Yahoo! Maps APIs. “Both companies are hoping the new mapping APIs, or application programming interfaces, will excite developers, help the… • Continue reading this entry.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Howe has a story on the Google Maps API release (see previous entry), with a quote from yours truly…. • Continue reading this entry.
Mapping Hacks (see previous entry) is finally shipping after some delays; Directions has a review. The book went to press too soon to take account of all the Google Maps hacks that have sprung up in the meantime, so they’ve… • Continue reading this entry.
The mother of all mash-ups, perhaps: gCensus combines Google Maps with data from the 2000 U.S. Census — down to the block level. Via Boing Boing…. • Continue reading this entry.
Some more hacks, news and commentary about Google Maps that I’ve been saving up for another one of these roundup posts: Google Maps hacking gets mentioned on CNN (via Google Maps Mania). Google has deployed a 3D mapping truck in… • Continue reading this entry.
Sooner or later it had to happen: a Google Maps hack crossing a previously unknown line and Google putting a stop to the fun. Google’s been pretty good about hacks in general (see previous entries: 1, 2), but they’ve informed… • Continue reading this entry.
Google Maps Wallpapers is another hack (see previous entry) allowing you to build wallpapers — think posters or desktop backgrounds — from Google Maps satellite images. Via MAKE: Blog…. • Continue reading this entry.
A trio of tools for Google Maps hacking: the Unofficial Google Maps Embedding How-To seems to supercede the GMaps-Standalone hack I linked to earlier (via Google Maps Mania); Noah’s Google Maps Hack for Large Maps allows you to make poster-sized… • Continue reading this entry.
O’Reilly Radar has a post about some very neat British Google Maps mashups that use data from BBC Backstage, including one for travel advisories, Sport Map (for teams and news about them), and this one, which links to images from… • Continue reading this entry.
Matt Round offers a simple hack for adding Google Maps directions to a web site. Useful if, say, you have a business or institution with a physical presence and you need to provide directions; the user supplies a zip or… • Continue reading this entry.
Tony has written up a Perl script to take the data from his GPS watch and overlaid it on orthographic imagery from the USGS. These are ridiculously huge and detailed files, but the end result is an extremely precise map… • Continue reading this entry.