Showing posts with label maps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label maps. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Top 50 Online Maps Tools and Resources

Mapping is a huge and growing sector, from social maps for sharing with friends, to mashing up Google Maps in every possible way. Trawling through all the mapping sites out there, we’ve compiled a list of the most interesting online mapping tools that some are referring to as “Maps 2.0″.

CUSTOMIZABLE AND COLLABORATIVE MAPS – Create custom Google Maps, manage your markers, publish and share your creations. – Get a visual representation of all the visitors to your website.

Geotag it – Add geo tags to Flickr and posts and see where other links and photos come from. – Uses Google Maps to help you build a custom tagged map you can add to your own website. – Mark vacation spots, restaurants, bars, just about any place you would recommend. – Another site allowing you to geo tag your Flickr photos to allow people to see them on a map. – Tales of trips and more sorted on to a Google Map. – Create maps of interesting locales such as Route 66 or major sports stadiums, share them with the world. – Collaborative map that allows users to add things such as transit services and restaurants. – A user editable map of the world to be worked on in collaboration. – Add your own photos to a Google Map, give people a real feel for your neighborhood or vacation. – Customize a map and download PostScript and Illustrator versions. – Doodle on a Google Map, pass it around, embed in your site, or download it to your GPS.

Tagmaps – A way to visualize text on geographic maps, then can be used on your site. – Check out traffic for your area on a map. – Tag your Flickr photos with a location; they get added to a flash based map for your website. – Helps you publish a map for your event, provides a short url for easy use. – Create and share maps, explore ones made by others. – Tag locations and share with others, explore tags others have left. – Customizable and embeddable Google Maps with content you choose.

TRANSIT MAPPING – Look up Washington DC-specific information such as traffic, special events and car pooling. – Interactive map of the San Francisco metro area trains. – Interactive subway map of New York City.

Seattle Bus Monster – Plan your bus routes in the Seattle, WA area.

SUBJECT SPECIFIC MAPPING – See where the sun is shining currently on this map. – Add a geo-code to your blog so people can look blogs up by location. You can also browse for areas that would interest you. – See how many planes are currently in the air and where they are. – Place to look up local music and add tour info. – A global disease outbreak map. For general interest or to suggest places you may wish to avoid. – Map of Wi-Fi cafes and hotspots. – Interactive map of 911 calls from around the United States. – Enter an address, get the locations of USPS mailboxes nearby. – You can create a run route and assign a difficulty rating and a safety rating; it will be available to all runners using map runner, and they can rate it. – Shows geographical connections between congressional voting and money donations. – Plot out your running course, indicate where water and bathrooms are, calculate your workout. They also have,,, and – Click anywhere on the map to display nearby bars and their happy hour specials. – Enter your Wii number and see other players online to setup games all from a geographic map. – Uses Google Maps as a basis to show earthquake activity, traffic reports, radio stations, and numerous other functions. – Add content from video, photos, stories, feeds and add it to your website. – A global map of mass-transit systems. – Find or add your own reports on cell strength to various locations and by carrier.

Tornado Paths – Visual history of tornado paths on a map. – Shows a Google Map with YouTube videos sorted by locations.

POPULAR MAPPING SERVICES Maps –’s driving directions solution.

Google Mars – Google’s interactive map of the fourth planet of our solar system, Mars.

Google Maps – Get directions, look up your house with satellite photos. The basis of many websites. – Look up local businesses, get driving directions.

Poly9 FreeEarth – A free, online interactive 3D globe with various layers you can apply.

Windows Live Local – Microsoft’s entrant in to the mapping game.

Worldmapper – Maps of the world resized based on various subjects such as land mass and population.

Yahoo! Local Maps – Get driving directions, find businesses and much more. (via)