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Thing 32 Google Maps and Mashups

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Thing 32. Google Maps and Mashups

 More than directions, GoogleMaps lets you see the world--maybe even your house--and more. It is a handy tool for both armchair and on-the-go travellers!

Learn

 

Google Maps is a map service from Google that allows a user to view basic or custom maps (depending on your location) for a given address or location, get driving directions, see satellite images of an address or location, and even get local business information, such as location and contact information. To get an introduction to Google Maps, click on the video below.

 

 

Mashups, as defined by Wikipedia, are "web applications that combine data from more than one source into a single integrated tool."  While not exclusive to maps, one of the most common mashup applications include using data from Google Maps in combination with other sources, such as real estate listings, photo sites, and so on.  

 

Check out these sites and blog postings for more information on using Google Maps in mashups:

 

Google Maps Mania

 

Google Maps:  100+ Best Tools and Mashups

 

100 Things to do with Google Maps Mashups

 

Other map programs:

Microsoft Live Search Maps

Yahoo! Maps

MapQuest

 

Do

 

  1. Create a map in Google Maps by using the My Maps function.  There is a tutorial to help you get started

here:

 

 

 

  1. Link or embed your map to your blog.

 

 

 

Blog Prompts


  1. Describe the type of mashup you created. 
  2. Did you find any mashups that interested you?
  3. Can you see a use for mashups at your library?   

 

 

For the Curious  (optional)

Try out some of the map building tools listed on the Google Maps:  100+ Best Tools and Mashups list.  Another option is to try 

GeoCommons Maker!, which allows you to use your own data or use GeoCommons public data.

 

 

 

 

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