Saturday, April 30, 2005
After a little more research I found someone had done the hard work and produced some code that enabled me to effectively serve Google maps from my webserver and inject an XML document with the various plots and html code needed.
Here is the end result.. This is a great idea to create a jump off to pictures of a tour through a number of countries or points within a city!
This is an image of the killer, the Amsterdam Mall. Celebrated as the future of the city when it went up. Holzheimer and Shaul women's clothing, Mortan's Men's Store, Lumart's shoes...stores that had been part of the community for decades, they all moved in immediately, as malls were the rage in the 70's nd 80's, and we needed one. Now it's a hollowed-out shell, a few professional offices and a chinese take-out place are all that remain. You see that road that it's basically sitting on? That was Main Street. The few buildings to the left that remain...they're all empty. (Read more and see the image..)
From the article:
An organisation can display a Google map for its location by proving a link from its website. The link has to use the full URL with the CGI parameters; specifying a postcode will provide an unambiguous result. This is a simple and effective way to provide a useful map of the organisation's location, with the facilities for identifying other organisations in the area, and for generating travelling instructions.
There is nothing in the Terms and conditions of use on the Google Maps website to prevent linking to Google Maps using such pre-set searches, so this is a great way to add valuable functionality to information services for little cost.
David has created a combination of Google Maps and TerraServer map interface of a point near the White House in Washington DC, USA. On the map you have the option of viewing a Topographic, Black & White Overhead, Urban (All TerraServer views) and Street Map and Satellite view (which are all the Google Maps views). It uses the same zoom tool that Google Maps does. I'm amazed with the detail in the "urban" view and it even looks a bit better than the Google Maps satellite view. This is really an awesome marriage of two different mapping tools. I just hope David makes more!
New extension for Mac OSX allows you to add Google Maps locations to Address Book - GMAP stands for Google Maps Address Book Plug-Ins. What is it? Well, it's a pair of plug-ins for Address Book that allow you to get maps and directions from Google Maps. Just click and hold on the address you want mapped and select the choice you would like.
Take a closer look here.
Google maps. Seriously. Buh-bye, MapQuest, it was nice knowing you. MS MapPoint? You have always sucked. Now it's even more obvious just how much. CONCLUSION: If Google does not either stop or slow down in their ass-kicking, future generations may find that there is no more ass to be kicked, for Google has kicked it all.
FoundCity is a collective mapping tool. It allows everyone in a city to map the interesting things they discover throughout the day to a dynamic online map, where they can then compare their points of interest with other people's points. In doing so they both share what they like about the city with others, and discover what other people find fascinating about the city. It is an open-ended, continually evolving tour guide to the city.
It uses "tags" similar to Flickr.com. So by clicking on the tag "cool.building" you'll end up at a map plotting for you describing a slanted wall w/ circle windows at 346 w and 17th st. The site goes on to say that it is just available in Manhattan for the moment.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
The Google Product Management department has another young one in the "Google Labs Nursery". It's called "Ride Finder" and it displays cities in the US where there are taxi or shuttle locations for you to get to for rides. There is a link at the bottom labelled: "Information for Fleet Operators" that upon clicking on it reads:
If you'd like to include your vehicles on Ride Finder, please take a moment to fill out this form. We'll get back to you within a week.
I wonder if this is the start of another revenue generating search tool that could see charges to these fleet operators? Or perhaps it will make the Google Adwords keyword space for bus companies and shuttle services more profitable by creating a portal that everyone is visiting.. and clicking on ads. (/end Google conspiracy theory)
The Ride Finder makes use of Google Maps data. Along with Google Local, this is the only other service that I know of that Google is using Google Maps data in.
She has been outfitted with one of our Tracer units which has a GPS receiver and send data to our backoffice through Globalstars Low-earth orbit satellite network. We're tracking her progress using Google Maps and using MyGMaps. to map multiple points onto Google Map's satellite imagery.
Here's a screen capture of what the information looks like once displayed on a Google Maps map-image:
..Very cool! If you know of any other sites that are making use of MyGmaps, please post them in the comments section! :)
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
The extension of this is that you can then use Google to map otherwise intangible things. What good are these maps? I'm not sure really. We can observe that desire in Montreal in relatively spread out, while pity is confined mostly to the downtown core. There is a small patch of compassion on the North Shore, and there is inspiration to be found in various places off the island. (Read More)
It's well put and very interesting.. Has anyone tried to enter wacky terms to see where Google Maps takes you?
Such is the case with all Google Beta projects, I'm sure more is yet to come from Google Maps. Perhaps aspects of this tool could make its way into Google Maps? If you know of any other cool mapping sites, please post them in the comments so we can have a look!
That quick lesson was just the latest example of how "always on" access to technology can change the way teachers and students operate. No one would march their students down to the computer lab for a 10-minute Google Maps experience. Having the technology in the classroom, ready to use at a moment's notice, makes it possible to blur the line between learning about technology and learning with technology. I get excited when I consider the kinds of questions that these students can ask and answer on their own with the Google Maps site alone. (Read More)
..I looked at a demo of the extension and it's pretty neat!
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Can you say Godzilla? :)
Here are the pictures:
Jumping on the Google Maps bandwagon, Sprol is a fascinating blog that shows aerial views of some of the horrible things man has done to our planet, with some well-researched commentary.
Monday, April 25, 2005
I'm starting to see that we are very quickly gathering "collections" influenced by Google Maps. Google Sightseeing and others like it are starting to build collections of "views", attainable straight from the satellite feature of Google Maps. We're also seeing the rise of Google Maps hacks like the NYC and Chicago transit maps, as well as the Craigslist-Google Maps housing sites. Other collections of tools to make use of the "hackability" of Google Maps are also starting to crop up.
I'll do my best in the next week to start to organize these evolving "collections" from my links list. Stay tuned.
NYC link found [via]
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Actually, when you think of it, every city tourism website in North America with good zoom detail of their popular attractions should allow the site visitor to link off to Google Maps and see for themselves what the attraction looks like in real "from-Googlespace" detail.. Perhaps some will start to add this?
Friday, April 22, 2005
While browsing around Bloglines today I found a new site devoted to Google Maps - "Google Globetrotting". Similar to Google Sightseeing, 'Globetrotting adds another element to the categorized listing of cool views. It allows you to rank the maps and list them based on their popularity. Hmmm.. sounds a lot like another of my favourite sites: Airliners.net :) This site even features a cash prize for good map submissions.. Too cool! At first glance Google Sightseeing holds a slight edge in total coverage with the apparent lack of Canadian mapview content on Google Globetrotting. There are tons more Canadian maps listed and featured on Google Sightseeing.
Both links have been added to the right sidebar.. Be sure to check them often for cool new views and Google Maps stuff to waste time by looking at. :)
Wesley Rosenblum over at wesbran.com has compiled a list of all of the Major League Baseball stadiums from the U.S. and Canada using the satellite feature of Google Maps. He's even grabbed snaps of some of the fields that were under construction at the time the "Google Spaceship" passed overhead.
Take a scan through the rest of wesbran.com as well.. pretty nifty blog.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Here's his "How I did it":
- Downloaded the CTA's official maps and combined them into a single image in Photoshop.
- Downloaded a bunch of Google map tile images for reference, noting the coordinates in their URLs (example), and spliced them together.
- Stretched and skewed the CTA map so that it was aligned as closely as possible to the Google map. This was the most time-consuming part of the process, and it didn't turn out as perfect as I'd have liked. I blame it on the CTA map designers for not being precise enough. :-)
- Chopped the aligned CTA map into 128-by-128-pixel tiles that matched their corresponding Google map tiles exactly -- by size, shape and coordinates.
- Wrote a server-side Python script that handles dispatching images. (Ideally a future version of the Greasemonkey script would embed the map images in itself directly.)
- Wrote the Greasemonkey script that brings it all together.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Google Maps comes in addition to the previously released Google Maps on the .com domain name. I suppose this makes http://maps.google.COM - Google Maps North America? Does anyone know of any other Google Maps in other geographies?
Sunday, April 17, 2005
BBC News - Sunday, 17 April, 2005, 06:23 GMT 07:23 UK
Photographs of North America's most significant landmarks and locations, including the Grand Canyon, Alcatraz and Mount Rushmore are being given a fresh perspective thanks to a tool by Google.
The search engine giant now provides satellite photographs of many locations in the US and Canada.
Users need only type in a post code and a photo from space of that location is then shown.
It has prompted some users to compile a gallery of the more interesting results while another has used the photos in association with photo-sharing site Flickr to give a guide to his childhood.
Friday, April 15, 2005
April 11th: Overlapping satellite images in Google Maps
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
There is some pretty serious direction here which includes inserting pictures and movies from the annotations. I'd like to see an example of this.
The first Google Maps related site of note is Google Sightseeing. This blog tracks interesting satellite shots as submitted by it's visitors, then organizes them by interest area like Buildings, Natural Landmarks and Stadiums.
It's a pretty nifty site. Google Sightseeing even posted my suggestion of Toronto's Rogers Centre (Skydome) and the CN Tower!