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The Google Maps of the Week

Category: Google Maps | May 6, 2012

My favorite Google Map this week was Open Road. Open Road from OpenFile is an awesome bike directions application that shows you
all the reported bike accidents that have occurred along a suggested bike route. So not only are cyclists given directions but they are warned about the most dangerous locations along the route.

The application uses the Google Maps API bike directions function to suggest a bike route between two points. All bike accidents reported to the police are then shown along the route and the most accident prone location along the route is also highlighted on the map.


This week we have to give a special mention to Google Maps Cube, Google’s long awaited Google Maps game. The game is a great way to promote some of the features of Google Maps whilst users are having fun.

In the game you have to navigate a ball on a 3d Google Maps cube,
avoiding the 3d buildings and other obstructions, by rotating the cube. Whilst you are also informed about some of the things that you can do with Google Maps.

Resource Intensity of Cities is a Google Maps based visualisation tool to analyse data on material and energy use in 42 U.S. cities.

The application uses a Google Maps interface to allow users to select an
area and visualise a heat map of population, material and energy. It is
also possible to generate a downloadable PDF report for the selected
area, with a detailed breakdown of population and housing density, material
intensity, material comparison, energy intensity and energy comparison.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/XARK2OZy_bw/my-favorite-google-map-this-week-was.html

The Street View Social Network

Category: Google Maps | May 5, 2012

Wallit uses Google Maps Street View as the interface for a unique social network. Wallit allows users to create a virtual wall on Street View anywhere in the world, that they, and other users, can then post messages on.

Users of the Wallit iPhone app can find nearby virtual walls and leave a message on the wall. Users actually have to be physically near the location of a virtual wall in order to be able to add a message. This means to leave messages you need the Wallit iPhone application.

However, if you don’t own an iPhone, you can still browse the virtual walls on the Wallit website using Google Maps Street View.

Hat-tip: Street View Funny


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/rntyJzA52XQ/street-view-social-network.html

Is East London Dead on Google Maps?

Category: Google Maps | May 4, 2012

With East London about to host the 2012 London Olympics Dazed magazine poses the question ‘Is East London dead?’.

The magazine argues that East London has been a centre of cultural activity with a vibrant grassroots, underground creative scene.

With The Secret History of East London Google Map Dazed are trying to build a crowd-sourced memory map of East London’s cultural scene. They are asking readers to post a memory to the map of a music, art, fashion or film related event or happening that they have taken part in, in East London.

Users of the map can browse the submitted memories by location and can use the time-line slide control to refine the results shown by date.

Creating a memory map of the East London cultural scene is a great idea. Looking at the number of events added for 2011 and 2012 I think we can also safely say that East London isn’t dead yet.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/7uqEhidHKfI/is-east-london-dead-on-google-maps.html

Tampa Crime on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 3, 2012

The RAIDS Online crime mapping website has just added Tampa, Florida to its list of cities.

Using RAIDS Online it is possible to view Tampa crimes by type and by date. If the user types in an address each crime shown on the Google Map will also display how far the incident was from their home.

If you want to see if your city’s crime data is covered by RAIDS Online use the ‘Jump to City’ dropdown menu. Cities in the menu are organised alphabetically by state.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/rOERY41lBxY/tampa-crime-on-google-maps.html

Google Maps of the Brain

Category: Google Maps | May 3, 2012

Texas A&M University’s Brain Networks Laboratory has released Google Maps that allow users to view images of mouse brains captured by their knife-edge scanning microscope (KESM).

The KESM Brain Atlas currently has maps of three different mouse brains that can be viewed using the Google Maps interface. Users can zoom in and explore the brains as they
might any other Google Map. It is also possible to turn on labels to see the names of the different regions of the brain.

Also See
  • Brain Neural Maps – Brown University’s two-dimensional neural image maps of the brain
  • NYU School of Medicine Virtual Microscope – the Virtual Microscope uses the Google Maps API to display and navigate scanned slides of microscopic images
  • Genome Projector – a searchable database browser that uses the Google Maps API to provide a zoomable user interface for molecular biology
  • Zygote Body – a body browser that uses a Google Maps type interface to explore the human body


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/rOPIqHcu7RQ/google-maps-of-brain.html

Bike Directions with Accident Black Spots

Category: Google Maps | May 2, 2012

Open Road from OpenFile is an awesome bike directions application that shows you all the reported bike accidents that have occurred along a suggested bike route.

To use the application you just need to enter a starting point and your destination or click on the map to set both points. The application then uses the Google Maps API bike directions function to suggest a route. All bike accidents reported to the police are then shown along the route and the most accident prone location is also highlighted on the route.

It is also possible to adjust the date range for the accident data shown and the accident data is automatically updated on the map. Below the map Street View shots of the accident hotspots are also displayed.

The application currently works in six Canadian cities.

Via: PatrickCain.ca


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/oBEv6P6Bx7k/bike-directions-with-accident-black.html

Category: Google Maps | May 2, 2012



The University of Washington Campus Map is a great example of how the Google Maps API can be used to create a guide to a university campus.

I really like the building overlay on the map. Just the simple addition of shadows to the building outlines gives the map a nice sense of depth. Another really useful feature is a white circle outline that snaps to the interactive buildings on the map. As you mouse-over the map the white circle snaps to the nearest building. This simple feature greatly adds to the usability of the map, as it guides the user to the interactive elements on the map.

The map also includes all the usual features you would associate with a campus map. You can search for individual buildings and you can overlay useful locations, such as food, parking, libraries, computer labs etc.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/gV_bJIBInkk/university-of-washington-campus-map-is.html

The Mappiness Marker Spiderfier Library

Category: Google Maps | May 2, 2012

Mappiness, the UK emotion map, has a nice solution for visualising individual markers when they are in an overlapping cluster of other markers.
The Overlapping Marker Spiderfier Library allows map developers to add the ‘marker spiderfier’ to their own maps.

With the  marker spiderfier when a user mouses-over a cluster of overlapping markers on a Google Map the markers will spiral out so that all the individual markers are clearly visible. You can see the effect in the screenshot above, on the Mappiness website or in the library demo map.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/-TZFu2K4nXY/mappiness-marker-spiderfier-library.html

Mississauga Culture on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 1, 2012

The City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada has today launched Mississauga Culture on the Map. The Mississauga Culture on the Map uses Google Maps to provide a comprehensive source for all things arts and culture in Mississauga.

The upcoming cultural events can be searched by location and by category. Results of a search for events appear both on the map and in the map sidebar. Registered users can submit culture-related events and they will be added to the map.

Hat-tip: Street View Funny


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/qMbcAPCFWic/mississauga-culture-on-google-maps.html

Resource Intensity of Cities on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 1, 2012

Resource Intensity of Cities analyses data on material and energy use in 42 U.S. cities.

The application uses a Google Maps interface to allow users to select an area and visualise a heat map of population, material and energy. It is also possible to generate a downloadable PDF report for the selected area.

The PDF includes a Google Map of the searched area and a detailed breakdown of population and housing density, material intensity, material comparison, energy intensity and energy comparison.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Zb3iB_UNwKo/resource-intensity-of-cities-on-google.html