GIS Thoughts

Yahoo! Maps a rich API to Challenge Google ?

Announced today Yahoo! Maps is a consumer web map service similar to Google with an open API but in addition to the expected AJAX API Yahoo offers a Flash version as well.

On first impressions the cartography is similar to Google using Teleatlas and Navteq data but without imagery.

Of real interest to me is the RSS feed “Traffic API” which uses dynamic data feeds to produce real time applications, indeed RSS seems to be the input format of choice.

The only minor problem – the world consists of North America only !!

Written and submitted from the Welcome Break Services on the M62, using the BT Openzone wifi network. – the glamour of travel !!

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