GIS Technology

Google Sightseeing

Just came upon this, site while researching my talk for next weeks cc Exchange conference at the OS in Southampton.

Another Google Maps API app but great fun, love this picture of a Tomcat in flight…

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Official Google Maps API

As reported by O’Reilly Radar Google have released an official API to their google maps application at the Where 2.0 conference. Website developers can legitimately embed google maps in their application for no charge !! – Mapquest et al… the clock is ticking.

But you ask how can this work, google has to pay teleatlas, digitalglobe and others for the data.. well the answer is on the google maps API page –

“The Maps API is a free beta service, available for any web site that is free to consumers. Google retains the right to put advertising on the map in the future. Please see the terms of use for more information.”


but hey this is GREAT at last some innovation.

Written and submitted from home, using my home 802.11 network.

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Where 2.0.. when GeoData went mainstream

This week sees the O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference take place in San Francisco, which I believe marks a turning point for the GeoData and GIS industries if they want to take it. Where 2.0 gives a pointer to the direction the geodata industry will go if the likes of Google and Microsoft in the form of MSN Virtual Earth are successful.

This direction is characterised by modern internet based applications built using industry wide web standards and exploiting established internet business models. – No talk of GML or the OGC here..

In his pre conference interview Tim O’Reilly identified the role of XML based API’s such as the “google hack” interface of google maps as allowing “mash up” applications to be created by website owners combining data from different sources in a way not possible in the previous generation of web mapping sites such as mapquest and in the UK multimap.

O’Reilly clearly sees data as the key to success in this new market.. resulting in my quote of the year so far

“There is a big concept that hit my radar…the idea that data is the INTEL inside.”

Time will tell to what extent this is true but it will be interesting to see the response of the traditional GIS industry as represented by Jack Dangermond of ESRI who is also speaking at the conference.

I personally think this is a big deal, I just wish my calendar allowed me to attend, the world of GeoData and location based applications is changing as the giants awake.

Written and submitted from the Holiday Inn Express Southampton, using the hotels 802.11 network