Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wiki + Google Maps = Wikimapia

WARNING: The Google Maps tool/mashup/app that you are about to read about is extremely cool. Please be seated and clear time from your schedule before proceeding. :) It also seems to only be viewable in Firefox presently..

Wikimapia is a new project created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev aimed at "describing the whole planet earth". They have created an excellent way to accomplish this goal. Using a mixture of Google Maps satellite imagery, a "wiki" editing mechanism and tagging, Wikimapia lets anyone add or edit a description for any place on earth (without registering). It also provides a new, unique way of browsing Google Maps satellite images. Here are some examples:

Egypt pyramids:

Male, the capital of Maldives:


Wikimapia presents itself in a multilingual fashion with interface controls available in English, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese languages! Honestly, screen captures from this site don't do it justice.. Get in and have a play and you'll realize the full potential and how nice and easy it is to use. This one gets the "awesome" label from Google Maps Mania for top notch interface, great idea, and concept stikiness. The only thing lacking is the Internet Explorer interoperability.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey I'm on the same track, see

maps.spacetimebrowser.org

there is provision for pretty images - see http://maps.spacetimebrowser.org/rice_lake.

This is "pre-beta" and currently has my test content only. Also works only in Firefox. Fixing some bugs should make it work in IE soon.

Stephan

Anonymous said...

i guess my idea wasn't as orignal as i thought

http://www.gmapme.com

also ultra-beta
and i have no plans to support ie

salvage cars said...

i checked it out and would like to encourage other people to check out Wikimapia as well... anonymous your idea was golden, don't give up

bikinis said...

anonymous your idea was cool.. alot of times it is not bad to come in second place as you can learn a lot from the experiences of those who came before you and maybe.. just maybe not make the same expensive mistakes they made.. Wikimapia rules

roysangita said...

hi.i am trying to get the site,but unable.so i am leaving.

Anonymous said...

how to get connected with malaysia`s satellite

dinu said...

it is good. how it looks