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The world of mashups

The world of mashups didn’t stop at the infamous Chicago crime map. It goes on and on with stuff such as Weatherbonk (collects weather and live traffic feeds on the map) and the “Where to go” travel map.

Also, Plain old Google Maps has added multiple destination points to their direction assistance tool. A very appreciated feature for most travel plans.

If you are more into Google Earth I would recommend having a look at the recently added historical maps, where you can use layers of transparency on the overlaid maps to get a sense of how things have changed over the years. For instance, have a look at New York 1836 or Tokyo 1680. Interestingly enough, the 1790 globe is reasonably accurate, especially for Europe and the Mediterranean. Also, try to find Santa’s presents before December 24th.

For those of you who believe I always promote Google software compared to other maps, you are correct. Nevertheless, you may use Flash Earth to compare 8 different online mapping services such as Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN, NASA and OpenLayers.


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