Tags: google_maps

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Google Maps’s Moat

A fascinating bit of cartographic reverse engineering, looking at how Google has an incredible level of satellite-delivered building detail that then goes into solving the design problem of marking “commercial corridors” (or Areas Of Interest) on their maps.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Google Maps in Space

You can use Google Maps to explore the worlds of our solar system …and take a look inside the ISS.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

2012 Project Google Birdhouse - a set on Flickr

I’ve been thinking about getting a birdhouse.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2008

bn14aj - Google Maps

There is an undocumented feature in Google Maps: add "&output=html" to the URL to get the accessible, non-Ajax version.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Google Static Maps API - Google Code

Google Maps now provides static (IMG-based) alternatives to the JavaScript API.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Closed open data

I arrived in San Francisco yesterday after a smooth flight (I bumped into Malarkey on the plane—how did I not spot him at the airport?). Now I’m on the ground, staying with Tantek for a couple of days—I’ll be moving into a hotel room once the conference starts.

I have a few days on either side of the conference to explore San Francisco. I’ll probably end up walking around a lot. It might be fun to make use of one of the newer features of Google Maps: put yourself on the map. If this feature had existed when I was in Chicago for An Event Apart, I would have plotted my explorations of that city.

If I do map my movements while I’m in San Francisco, you’ll be able to find them on my profile page. That page also has an hCard… sorta.

Alas, the hCard is contained within an embedded iframe. This means that most microformat parsers—bookmarklets, plugins, converters—won’t find the hCard because they parse at the URL level, reasonably enough. There doesn’t seem to be any good reason for using an iframe. This is exactly the kind of embedding that’s normally done on the server before a page is served up to the browser.

The guys over at Google are smart so I’m sure they’ll get this sorted out but I can’t help but feel that it’s a perfect example of why it’s important to use markup before adding microformats. If you aren’t using the right elements to structure your content to begin with, it’s probably going to be more of a struggle to implement that extra sprinkling of microformats.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

YouTube - Microformats in Google Maps + Operator

Ian Lloyd gets search results for curry houses in Swindon from Google Maps to his phone in less than 60 seconds. All thanks to hCard.

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Map games

At last year’s FooCamp, Tom, Simon, Paul, Suw and others had fun creating giant pictures for the benefit of a Google fly-over. The results are now visible and they look pretty good.

I mention this because if you’re in Sydney tomorrow, you might want to arrange something similar for the Australia Day Google fly-over. No rude words or Firefox logos, please.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

» Google Earth …

Reality imitating Google Maps in Berlin.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Google Maps API Official Blog: Google Maps API Version 2

Version 2 of Google's Maps API is out. Changes, changes, read all about it.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites

A wonderful commemeration of the first Apollo landing, courtesy of Google. Be sure to zoom all the way in.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Google Maps UK

Google Maps for the UK. They still need to work on Ireland: my home town is an empty expanse.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Interesting Google Satellite Maps

From Area 51 to the Mall Of America, James Archer documents them all.