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The Google Maps of the Week

Category: Google Maps | Apr 21, 2013



Over the last couple of weeks Street View Hyperlapse has rightly received a lot of praise. The app uses Hyperlapse.js, Three.js, GSVPano.js, and the
Google Maps API to create really smooth animated Street View movies.

Users of Street View Hyperlapse can search for any location that has Google
Street View coverage and create their own animated movie. All you need to do is drop two map markers on a map to show the start and end of your drive and then press ‘create’. The result is a really smooth animated drive using Google Maps Street View.



 Pick Me Up – Cartograph is another very impressive use of Street View.

Created for this year’s graphic arts festival ‘Pick Me Up 2013’ Cartograph uses Google Maps Street View to take the exhibition outside
the confines of the gallery in Somerset House and into augmented digital
locations around London.

Locations around London have been chosen by
the artists for their relevance to the artwork and then the art has been
superimposed over those locations in Street View.



Another map that has received a lot of praise this week is SF Live Bus. SF Live Bus
is a live animated map that shows the location of all the buses on San
Francisco’s Muni network in real-time. Just load up the app and sit back
and watch the Muni buses as they travel around the city on the map.

If you like real-time mapped transit visualisations then you should also have a look at One Map, One Week in Public Transit. In this Google Map Vasile Cotovanu
uses his popular vehicle simulator to present a simulated real-time map
of Geneva’s TPG tram network.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/me2004LXm0A/the-google-maps-of-week_21.html

Mapping the Boston Marathon Bombings

Category: Google Maps | Apr 20, 2013



It is surprising how few news stories are illustrated with online maps. This week’s tragic bombing at the end of the Boston Marathon and the ensuing hunt for the suspects proved however to be a notable exception.

The New York Times went with a static ‘bird’s eye’ aerial view of Boylston St in Boston to show the location of the two bomb explosions and the marathon finishing line. Whilst most other online news sites opted for annotated maps of the scene the Times’ Site of the Explosions at the Boston Marathon aerial photograph, was for me the most evocative visualisation of the tragic events.



Boston.com used Leaflet to create a map that allowed Bostonians and other witnesses to add their own accounts of the events to a map of Boston. The Boston Marathon Bombings: Your Story provided a compelling means for eye witnesses to share their own stories of the day’s tragic events.

The shooting of one of the Tsarnaev brothers and the subsequent 22 hour manhunt for the other brother led to a proliferation of online maps as news sites and citizen journalists tried to provide some geographical context to the unfolding events. Again the New York Times provided one of the best mapped visualisations for the hunt for the bombing suspects.



The Hunt for the Boston Bombing Suspects uses a static Google Map with interactive hotspots to provide a narrative of the hunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

Readers can either click on the interactive map markers to read the accompanying text or can simply scroll down the page. As the reader scrolls the map itself is held in place and as each stage in the news narrative appears below the map the relevant location is highlighted on the map.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/QPw0jymc5yk/mapping-boston-marathon-bombings.html

Street View Arrives in India

Category: Google Maps | Apr 19, 2013



Google Maps has gone for a very low key approach to its launch of Street View in India.

This week some small patches of Street View have appeared on Google Maps in Bangalore. All the imagery appears to me to be in private resorts, hotels, museums and other venues and not on public roads and streets.

Here are the Street View locations I’ve found so far:

Janapada Loka Folk Museum
Wonderla
Soukya International Holistic Health Center
Olde Bangalore Resort 
Clarks Exotica 
Prakruthi Club & Resort 

If you find any other Street View imagery in Banglaore or other Indian cities post a link in the comments.

Hat-tip: Google Street View World

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/lYFyFz_FfSw/street-view-arrives-in-india.html

London’s Virtual Street View Art Gallery

Category: Google Maps | Apr 19, 2013



This year’s graphic arts festival Pick Me Up 2013 has an amazing virtual presence with the launch of Pick Me Up – Cartograph.

Cartograph uses Google Maps Street View to take the exhibition outside the confines of the gallery in Somerset House and into augmented digital locations around London. Locations around London have been chosen by the artists for their relevance to the artwork and then the art has been superimposed over those locations in Street View.



Some of the artworks have been placed on tower blocks, some appear in doorways or, as in this amazing spinning 3d virtual sculpture, appear floating over the pitch at Wembley Stadium. 

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/0ZYiWoW0HAM/londons-virtual-street-view-art-gallery.html

Historical Photos of the American Midwest

Category: Google Maps | Apr 19, 2013



Historic Natural Disasters is a really interesting project that is using Google Maps and Google Maps Street View to find the modern views of the locations pictured in historic photos from the floods and tornadoes that hit the American Midwest in 1913.

The site allows users to view historical photographs taken in the Midwest in 1913 side-by-side with the view as it is seen today on Google Maps Street View. Each photo also includes a link to a Google Map showing the location of where the photograph was taken.

In order to help geo-tag some of the photographs in their collection Historic Natural Disasters are running a Mapping History contest. To take part in the contest all you need to do is search Google Maps to find a potential, current-day location to match the view shown in the so far unlocated historical photographs. The images are labeled by city, and state, to give you a head start in your search.

When the contest is over, a submission will be drawn at random, and that person will win a $100 Amazon gift code provided by Historic Natural Disasters and insurancetown.com.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/WPp5jI8EhlY/historical-photos-of-american-midwest.html

The Giro d’Italia on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Apr 18, 2013

The Giro d’Italia is an annual bike race primarily held in Italy. This year’s race takes place from May 4th until Sunday May 26th.

Cycling the Alps creates detailed Google Maps and Google Earth tours for most of the major European cycle races and this year’s Giro d’Italia is no exception. On Cycling the Alps you can find detailed Google Maps of each of the tour’s stages. For each stage you can view a detailed stage profile, view a 3d tour of each stage using the Google Earth plug-in and even play a Google Earth cycling game of each stage.

This year Cycling the Alps has also created a great preview video of Stage 19 of the race using Google Maps Street View imagery of the beautiful Stelvio Pass.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Q_hYJbx99cQ/the-giro-ditalia-on-google-maps.html

San Francisco’s Buses Live on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Apr 18, 2013



SF Live Bus is a live animated map that shows the location of all the buses on San Francisco’s Muni network in real-time. Just load up the app and sit back and watch the Muni buses as they travel around the city on the map.

The marker for each bus displayed on the Google Map includes the bus’ number. The markers are also color-coded to show inbound (red) and outbound (blue) buses. The map includes a link to the code for the map on GitHub.

Also See

NextBus – the original real-time San Francisco buses map

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/XpD9rkgWG_o/san-franciscos-buses-live-on-google-maps.html

Assess Your Flood Risk with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Apr 17, 2013



FloodTools.com calculates estimated flood risk for any address in the United States using data from several data sources, including FEMA and historic flood data.

The application is very easy to use. Just enter your address and you will receive a flood risk estimate based on the available data. The dynamic map marker shows your location on a Google Map with a gauge showing the estimated risk of flooding. 

It is possible to also add a heat map layer that shows the flood risk around your neighborhood. Another Other layers allow you to view historical flood data, flood plains and historical hurricane tracks.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/i7FQwp16O3o/assess-your-flood-risk-with-google-maps.html

Finding Photo Spheres with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Apr 17, 2013



Android’s popular Photo Sphere camera feature allows anyone to create their own 360ยบ panoramas, or photo spheres, and share them publicly on Google Maps.

SphereShare.net provides a nice interface to explore Photo Spheres shared with the SphereShare Android app. The site includes a handy gallery view that allows you to explore the most recently added, most popular and most viewed Photo Spheres. It also includes a Google Map that allows you to search for uploaded Photo Spheres by location.

You can also explore Photo Spheres on Google’s own Photo Sphere Map. Google’s map allows you to view all public Photo Spheres or you can even view a map showing only your own panoramic images taken with Photo Sphere.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/xpgdPEgr6CE/finding-photo-spheres-with-google-maps.html

ZoomIn: The Kiwi Wiki Map

Category: Google Maps | Apr 17, 2013



ZoomIn is an interesting way to find out about different locations in New Zealand.

ZoomIn is a wiki map on which anyone can add places, comments, tags and photos. Users can use the ZommIn Google Map to find out how many comments have been added to a specific community and use the search box to search for a specific location.

When you use the search box to search for a location you are shown a Google Map of the area with a general description of the town and neighbourhood and photos of interesting locations. The map itself includes map markers for all the comments left by users in the area. Therefore ZoomIn can be a useful way for discovering some great information about New Zealand locations posted by local people.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/QuVVtjz6SXo/zoomin-kiwi-wiki-map.html