Monday, April 17, 2006

Australia Google Maps Mashup Roundup!

The lack of Google street Maps for Australia haven't stopped many Aussies from taking hold of the Google Maps API and making some very useful mapping mashups and tools based on the satellite imagery which is available today. In some cases they are leap-frogging Google's release of street mapping data and instead app creators are inserting alternate sources of Australian street maps into their mashups:

Google Maps + Street Directory Australia + Geonames.org
- I'll let the description from this mashup do the talking: "...Sick of being left out to dry while US, Canada, Japan and UK got their Google Maps lovin', I've decided to take matters into my own hands and create a mashup of Google Maps' sweet API, with Street Directory Aust's great street maps and with the free Geonames Web Services API."

Australia Luxury Hotels & Resorts Mashup - Luxury- Down- Under has integrated the Google Maps API on their Australian luxury travel site. The site makes use of satellite imagery to let you scope out the locations of resorts and hotels throughout Australia. Check to see if your travel agent is giving you the straight talk by checking if the place really is "on the beach". :) The site provides tons of information about each place and lets you book online - a great way for people overseas to save some money!

Google Maps API + MapData Sciences + Street-Directory - The Google Maps API has been used to create a front-end interface to two Australian street mapping layers and the Google Maps satellite layer. The tool will help to provide context to the satellite data that Google provides today. Zoom in and toggle one of the 3 optional views.

Here is a list of all of the other known Australian Google Maps mashups & resources:
Do you know of more? Post a comment! :)
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