Friday, February 29, 2008

Google Maps Saving the Planet

Both Global Voices and Programmable Web have recently looked at how environmental activists are using web 2.0 tools to bring attention to environmental concerns. It is no surprise that Google Maps plays a central role in many of the examples that both examine. Here is a quick run-down of the web sites mentioned in the Global Voice and Programmable Web articles that utilise Google Maps (and a couple that they missed):

Explore our Planet is a Google Map with a huge number of layers which can be turned on or off. The map doesn’t exclusively highlight environmental concerns but some of the layers, such as the CO2 Emitter, Nuclear Power Plants and Population are of interest to anyone with an interest in the environment.

Terra Pass allows anyone to check the amount of CO2 emissions of a airplane flight before they take it. The map has an intuitive interface. You just enter your start location and end location and your flight is plotted on Google Maps and the CO2 emissions of the flight are calculated. Entering a city will automatically display the list of available airports which is useful, especially if a city has more than one airport.

If you decide that the plane is too environmentally damaging Carbon Emissions Commute is a Google Map that let’s you evaluate the impact of your automobile travel instead. Users enter start and end locations and the map works out the driving directions, the distance to be travelled, the likely gas consumption, the cost of the gas used and the pounds of carbon dioxide that will be released.

Mibazaar has a couple of environmentally themed maps. The Climate Change 2030 Map looks at the likely effect of global warming on sea levels. It shows images of US coastal locations now and how they are likely to look in 2030 after a 5m sea level rise.

Mibazaar’s Most Polluted Cities Map tags the ten most polluted cities in the world and explains how they came to be so polluted.

Flood Maps also looks at the effects of sea rises on the world. Unlike the Mibazzar map it allows you to adjust the level of sea rise so you can examine the effect of different levels of sea rise on the planet.

The Greenspace Carbon Emission Map plots carbon emissions in the UK. The map can be searched by location and by different causes of carbon emission. You can therefore examine whether the carbon emissions of a particular area are caused mainly by domestic combustion, industrial combustion, road transport etc..

Google’s UK Carbon Footprint Project is an iGoogle page that allows UK citizens to calculate and plot their own carbon footprint. The page includes a user contributed map. Anyone can add themselves to the map and inform the world of their carbon footprint.

The Green Hotels Map highlights hotels around the world that are trying to lessen their environmental impact or carbon footprint. Clicking on the hotel tags on the map opens a information window which includes a photo of the hotel and the hotel’s address.

Via: Global Voices - Using Web2.0 tools for Environmental Activism

Programmable Web - Environmental Activists Discover Mashups

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New ways to discover your world on Google Maps!

Recent My Maps Viewer

Twittervision and Flickrvision have taken the Google Maps mashup world by storm. The new My Maps Viewer works the same way by showing you very recent My Maps that Google users have created. Sit back and watch the cool maps go by! Google's Jess Lee tells you more about the viewer in this Google Lat Long blog post. If you're looking for the most popular My Maps for any location or zoom level on Google Maps, be sure to also add the Browse Popular Maps mapplet!

Browse geo-located Wikipedia, YouTube and Panoramio content!

One the things I love about My Maps is this ability I have to add different types of content to my current map view. Three layers that are mainstays for me are the Wikipedia, YouTube and Panoramio mapplets. Click the "Save to My Maps" link on each of them to add them to your own list of mapplets. Toggling them on allows you to zoom to anywhere on the planet to learn, watch and view content for that very location! This same content is also presented to you if you run a search from Google Maps as well! For even more location based context add the Wikimapia mapplet as well! Can you say.. super-tourist? :)

View Places of Interest for your current Google Maps view:

Looking to plan an evening out? Add the Places of Interest layer/mapplet to your Google Maps view to toggle up to 5 different categories. For the above example I've planned the perfect "full" night out in the great city of Toronto, Canada using 4 categories: Japanese dining, Bars and Clubs, Coffee Shops and of course: Pharmacies! :) This mapplet has endless uses: real estate searching to find nearby amenities, traveling to a new city or just learning more about the community you live in! :) [via]

Searching on Google Maps continues to evolve with new innovations and user features constantly being added! Here is a sample:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Google Maps Satellite Imagery Update

Google Earth received a large image update on the 19th February. The update now seems to have been rolled out to Google Maps.

Here is the full list of changes from the Google LatLong blog:

New high resolution:
- Canada: Significant amount of British Columbia, Oxford County (Ontario)
- USA: Madera (CA), Fernly (NV), Silver Springs (NV), Yerington (NV),
Cambria (CA), Creston (CA), Delaware, Connecticut

- Spain: Avila, Burgos, San Sebastian
- Portugal: Lisbon

- South Africa: 2.5m imagery for western half of the country

Asia & Oceania:
- New Zealand: Auckland, Wanganui Province, Tararua Province
- Australia: Sydney, Newcastle

Updated Imagery:
- Canada: Vancouver
- USA: Portland (OR), Bay Area (SF, Oakland, Peninsula), San Simeon (CA),
Morro Bay (CA), Garden Farms (CA), San Louis Obispo (CA), Arroyo
Grande (CA), Nipomo (CA), Santa Maria (CA), California City (CA),
San Bernardino County (CA), Riverside County (CA), Salt Lake City (UT),
Denver (CO), Kalamazoo (MI), Detroit (MI), Hardee County (FL),
Martin County (FL), Tampa (FL), Philadelphia (PA), Boston (MA)
Onodaga County (NY), Norfolk (VA), Island County (WA), the state of
Hawaii, the state of Ohio, the state of Louisiana, the state of Virginia,
and the state New Jersey.
- Cuba: Havana - Brazil: Sao Paolo EMEA:
- France: Tours - Italy: Torino
- Spain: Almeria, Logrono, Pamplona, Santander, Segovia, Valladolid, Alicante,
Bilbao, Castellon, Cordoba, Coruna, Costa Blanca, Elche, Gijon, Huelva,
Leon, Oviedo, Salamanca, Vigo, Vitoria, Catalunya, Andalucia
- UK: Kent, Norfolk
- Switzerland: Zimmerburg, Pfannenstiel
- Denmark: Copenhagen
- Finland: Helsinki
- Norway: Oslo
- Iceland: Reykijavik
- Ukraine: Kiev
- Latvia: Riga
- Serbia: Belgrade
- Kenya: Nairobi
- Senegal: Dakar

- Turkmenistan: Ashkhabad
- Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek
- Myanmar: Rangoon

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Refine Map Search Results

Google has announced a new Google Maps feature which allows you to refine search results on a map by 'Neighborhood' or 'User Rating'.

For example, if you search for pizza restaurants in New York you might be given a bewildering number of results. Using 'Neighborhood' you can refine your search by restricting the results to those restaurants in Staten Island. You can further refine the results by selecting 'User Rating' and restricting the results to those restaurants that have been given four stars or above.

I think the 'Neighborhood' option may be restricted to cities in the United States. London, for example, doesn't have this option, although you can still refine your results by 'User Rating'.

Via: Google LatLong: Refine by user ratings and neighborhoods

Google Maps in the Sciences - Update

After the Google Maps in the Sciences post last week The J. Craig Venter Institute contacted us to let us know how they are using Google Maps as a navigation tool of large visualisations of complex data.

The Fragment Recruitment Viewer was developed by the Institute for the CAMERA project, which is a data and tool repository for microbial metagenomic research. The viewer was developed to show the relationships between fragments of DNA found throughout the oceans with known microbial genomes.

The examples we gave large week all used overlays on Google Maps to visually present large data-sets. The Fragment Recruitment Viewer however replaces the Google Map tiles with generated tiles to display the results of a filtered search of a completed microbial genome against metagenomic sequences.

Using image maps can be a very effective way to navigate highly detailed or high resolution images. You can create your own image maps using CASA's Image Cutter or the Automatic Tile Cutter. You can see an example of an image map created with CASA’s Image Cutter here.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Google Maps Mania links for 2008-02-25

The Music Maps Blog - Tom Fern has started a brilliant blog which is dedicated to the "music maps" concept. In each post Chris marries song lyrics, album names and various aspects of music with their geographic significance (all UK so far). One map shows all locations within each post since the blog started. Check out a list of music maps here..

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Google Static Map API

The Google Maps API Blog reports of a new Google Static Maps API that will be of interest to Google Maps developers.

Google says that "the Google Static Maps API provides a simpler way to add maps to your website. Rather than use JavaScript, the Google Static Maps API creates map images on the fly … No JavaScript, no overhead. Just create a special URL as the src attribute within an image tag and let the Static Maps service create your image."

In effect the new Google Static Maps API creates a static image of a map that you can add to a web page just like any other image.

Here is a static map of the San Francisco Bay area that I created with the Google Static Maps API.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Google Maps in the Sciences

The Google Maps API is beginning to be used widely within academia to help scientists and social scientists visualise data. Analysing very large datasets has always been a problem for scientists but Google Maps is providing an effective tool for researchers to visually represent and compare large data sets that contain geographic elements.

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London is at the forefront of research into spatial modelling and visualisation for social scientists and has a number of interesting Google Maps projects.

One such project is The London Profiler, a web site that enables users to build up a picture of the geo-demographics of Greater London from data on population attributes such as cultural/ethnicity, deprivation and crime etc.

Each of the various data sets can be turned on or off as layers on a Google Map. This means that all the layers can be compared with each other. The map includes a layer from Nestoria that shows houses currently for sale or rent in London. Comparing the various layers with the Nestoria layer quickly confirms that there is a close co-relation with house prices in London and levels of crime and educational attainment.

Whilst The London Profiler is obviously a great way for social scientists to analyse the geo-demographics of London it will also be of great interest for anyone who lives in London. The first thing I did was check the health layer for my neighbourhood and quickly noticed that heart attacks are very common in my area. Obviously that is one reason why the house prices are relatively cheap here.

The London Profiler was built with CASA’s GMapCreator. The GMAPCreator is a Java application that automatically creates Google Maps websites from Shapefiles containing polygon areas. It creates tiles from user entered Shapefiles that are then overlaid on a Google Map. This is particularly effective if you have a large amount of data you want to map and you also want to protect your data. Because the created maps are built from pre-rendered tiles the raw data is never stored on the Internet. This then is a safe way of sharing a map without giving away the raw data used to create it.

Maps built using the GMapCreator can then be added to CASA’s MapTube. MapTube is a website for sharing maps created with the Google Map Creator software. Any map shared with MapTube can be overlaid with any other map on MapTube.

The main principle of MapTube is that shared maps can be overlaid on each other to compare data visually. For example, a map of income levels can be overlaid on a map of educational attainment so that comparisons can be made between educational achievement and wealth. In essence through using MapTube you can create your own version of The London Profiler but for the location of your choice.

Another London educational institute that is using Google Maps to visually represent data is Imperial College London. Their website is using Google Maps to provide an interface for the display and analysis of infectious disease epidemiological data, including molecular data.

Mashing together genetic and epidemiological data on Google Maps provides them with an important new way of analysing and displaying epidemiological data. They have so far created a number of maps, each one tracking a different virulent or antibiotic-resistant strain of one of the major pathogens. Links to the maps are indexed here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Time Space Map

Time Space Map is an encyclopaedic atlas of historical events that anyone can add to or edit. Like Wikimapia, Time Space Map tags entries on a Google Map. However, whereas Wikimapia strives to map today’s world, Time Space Map strives to map our yesterdays.

So if you want to know what New York was like in the 1930’s or if you want to know what interesting things occurred along a particular route, Time Space Map hopes to be able to map your answer.

Like all wikis Time Space Map depends on its users for the size and accuracy of its database and the more visitors the site gets the better it will become.

The data that has already been contributed can be accessed through a number of search options. Users can search by location, time or subject. Search a location and a list of historical events for that location is given and tagged on the map. Search a year and a list of events associated with the year is tagged. You can even search within a time frame and the events within that time frame are mapped. Finally, you can search by subject. For example a search for ‘battle’ produces a list of all the battles in the wiki and then maps them all for you.

Time Space Map is the brainchild of Frank San Miguel, who was one of the creators of mapquest. Lets hope he has as much success with this new project.

[Via: Ogle Earth]

Sunday, February 17, 2008

100 Things to do with Google Maps Mashups

Just in case you missed it over the past few weeks my 100 Things to do with Google Maps Mashup List has lit up the web and blogosphere! It managed to climb to the top of Digg (and stay there for 24 hrs),, and was posted on countless blogs all over the world. Elinor Mills at C|Net even wrote a feature post all about it! I realized that for nearly 15,000 of you subscribed to Google Maps Mania via your RSS/News readers you may not know that this list is linked from the right sidebar of the Google Maps Mania website. Since I don't recall ever mentioning the full 100 things list in a post before - this one is for you! Also remember that 38 categories of Google Maps mashups are also featured on the web version of this blog, so be sure to swing by to have a look sometime!

The '100 Things' list was born out of 4 separate posts I did across 2006 - 2007. When Philipp Lenssen from Google Blogoscoped asked me for the individual links for each post, I decided to create one page to house all 100 to make it easy for everyone. The list is intended to bring together a collection of great mashups I have reviewed in the past, with a focus on each one being geographically broad, useful, and fun to use. We all know a good website keeps you coming back, so the aim of this list was to give you 100 reasons to go back to these great Google Maps mashups over and over again! I hope you enjoy perusing the list as much as I did putting it together! :)

Google Maps Creation Tools - Part 21

The Google Maps API team has announced The Google Geo Developer Series, an exciting series of workshops, "hackathons" and lectures taking place live at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. If you can't make it out in person the video series will be posted to YouTube for all to see. The first workshop, Quick and Dirty KML Creation takes place Feb.20/08 followed by John Coryat's session on Creating Custom Maps on Feb. 27/07. The sessions will continue each Wednesday evening through until April. For details on attending these events or to check out future talks and YouTube links visit this page!

Recent Google Maps API Blog posts:
Google Maps Creation Tools and Resource Links:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

3 New Google Maps Facebook Applications

Update (Feb. 17): Also check out the Go Skating Toronto Google Maps-based Facebook app created by the gang at!

King (or Queen) of the World

King (or Queen) of the World is a Facebook strategy game that uses Google Maps to demonstrate the current territories of game players.

The game is a territorial game of diplomacy, alliances and battles. To join the game a player chooses a location on a Google Map. Google Maps are also used to show the locations of game players and the defending and invading soldiers of player battles.

This game currently boasts a user rating of 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook and the Facebook User Reviews of the game are unanimously enthusiastic. Here is just one review from one of the game’s fans,

This is the best, most subtle, and best-supported game application on Facebook. That diplomacy, strategy, geography and the strongest modular aspects of Facebook's architecture have all been rolled into the mechanics and play of one game is astoundingly brilliant. Long live the KoTW!”.

Be warned however, if the game reviews are anything to go by, once you register for this game you can kiss your social life good bye. Instead you will find yourself hooked on building alliances and taking over the world.

Unype is described by its designers as “a multi-user mirror-world for sharing locations, photos, videos and models and for playing games inside Google Earth and Google Maps, with all social networks as entry points.” Which is a fairly good summary of the features of this fun map.

If you view the map at Unype you can enter your location on the map anonymously and add pictures or videos, you can use a chat feature to talk to other users and you can even play a geography game.

However the real fun comes when you access Unype through Facebook, MySpace, Ning, Orkut, Hi5 or Bebo. If you interact with the map on any of these sites your social network profile is added to the map automatically. Now you can share videos and pictures with your friends on any of the aforementioned networks through Unype.

The chat and game options on Unype can be toggled on or off and appear directly under the map. The game is a simple test of your knowledge of the world, requiring you to find locations on the map. You can also add 3d models to the map which will appear when you use the Google Earth option.

And that isn’t all. Unype will also let you embed their map in your own website or blog. Which means that your readers can share their pictures and videos with each other through a Google Map. Soon there will be even more options as Unype say they are presently “working with various companies to build vertical applications for them on top of the Unype platform.”


hobnobLover's Facebook Application displays the latest places mapped by members of hobnobLover. Once you register you can view your own places, your friend's mapped places or the places of any other member.

The Google Map in the Facebook application spools through the latest places added. Each place, as it is shown, is accompanied by a thumbnail picture of the place and some information. Clicking on the picture or the place name will take you to another page where you can find more information, reviews, and comments for that place.

If you like the Google Map in this Facebook application you can even add it to your own web page or blog with this Google Gadget.

See three other facebook apps that allow you to map your friends in this post from last year..

12 New Street View Cities

12 New US cities have been added to Google Maps Street View!

Albany and Schenectady, NY
Boise, ID
Juneau, AK
Kansas City, MO
Manchester, NH
Milwaukee, WI
Research Triangle Park (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), NC
San Antonio, TX
Salt Lake City, UT

Street views are accessed on Google Maps by clicking the "Street View" toggle button at the top right of the viewport in Google Maps.

A number of sites have emerged that compile interesting street views. I am sure they will all be busy scouring the new cities for views to add to their collections.

Streetview Directories:

Streetviewr (named as one of Mashable’s Top Seven Coolest Web App’s of 2007)
LaudonTech's Street View Gallery
Street View Fun
Street Viewer

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Google mapping California's solar power history

The History of Solar Power Installation in California:

Danny Vo from stopped by to let us all know about a new Google Maps mashup they created recently that covers the The History of Solar Power Installation in California over the past decade. The mashup features a heat map that lets you cycle through the years to see the change from year to year. You can filter the map view by total install, watts, watts per install, and tons of carbon saved.

More from CoolerPlanet:
"...We at Cooler Planet were curious as to where this explosive growth in solar panel installations occurred within California. Rather than reading over data and spreadsheets, we thought it would be interesting to create an interactive heat map that depicts the concentration of solar installations (number of systems, total watts, average system size, and carbon emissions) in California and the progress solar has made over the last decade. Feel free to scroll through the years to see how the numbers change from year to year. It's fun and educational!"

More Solar/Environmentally focussed Google Maps Mashups:

Google Maps City Guides for China

新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year!

English Google Maps City Guides for Chinese Cities:

Example: Beijing

If you're English speaking and living in or visiting China PseudoLocal is for you! It's a wiki-map-mashup that draws from content created by expatriates and English speaking Chinese people who share their tips about how to get around Chinese cities. Start by selecting from the list of cities then browse simple maps that plot and cover: Transportation, Accommodation, Restaurants, Bars and Nightlife, Embassies, Schools, Hospitals, Public Facilities, Stores and Shopping, Office Buildings, Tourist Attractions and Entertainment. The Beijing City Guide is a great example of how all information for a particular city is displayed on maps throughout the wiki pages. I have a friend that lives in Beijing and she was very impressed when I showed this to her and couldn't wait to start using it when she returned back to China!

Other Google Maps content for China:
Click on the China label (below) for more...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Google Super Tuesday Map Mashup

Google has created the Super Tuesday Google Map, a mega mashup for the 24 primary state elections taking place today. Google has linked up with Twitter and Twittervision to display live messages from voters sounding off about their experiences voting or whatever Super Tuesday thoughts they may have! Sit back and watch the map for a few minutes to get the pulse for how the entire nation is feeling today! The Super Tuesday Map also features videos and stories from special election versions of both YouTube and Google News and detailed results (to the county level) will also be displayed as they start to come in throughout the evening. The Super Tuesday YouTube site that is also plotting videos to a Google Map! This is the best place to go to get into the action and the experience the buildup to the final decision later tonight!

[Via: Google Blog, Google Lat Long Blog]

New York City Google Maps Office Space Mashup


SuiteMaps (From is a unique Google Maps mashup that helps people search for and share office space (known as subleasing). The cool part about SuiteMaps is that it lets you not only see the cross streets where the listing is located but instantly view coffee shops, restaurants, bars and gyms in the surrounding area! Google Maps local business search adds one more layer of custom searching so you can locate specific businesses you want to be near (Daycare, UPS stores, etc..) It's easy very easy to search and there is no charge to post a listing. We all know how crumby it can be working from somewhere with no amenities nearby so this is the perfect Google Maps tool for the office space hunt in NYC!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Google Mapping 2008 Campaign Donations

The Huffington Post has created Fundrace 2008 - a Google Maps mashup of 2008 presidential campaign donations. I'll let the colorful description the Huffington Post uses explain the latest US Elections Mashup:

"...Want to know if a celebrity is playing both sides of the fence? Whether that new guy you're seeing is actually a Republican or just dresses like one? If your boss maxed out at that fundraiser or got comped? Whether your neighbor's political involvement stops at that hideous lawn sign? FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting their money where their mouth is. FundRace gives you the technology to do what politicians and journalists have been doing for years: find out where the money's coming from, see who it's going to, and solve the mystery of why that crazy ex-roommate of yours is now the Ambassador to Turks and Caicos."


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Real-time Train Map for Switzerland

Real-time Swiss Trains Map:

Swiss Trains is an amazing map that shows every train in the Swiss rail network in real-time. You can search the whole network for any train or station and watch in amazement as the train positions are animated in real-time on a map of Switzerland.

Place your mouse over any of the moving trains and a pop-up window informs you which train it is, where it is heading, which station it is calling at next and its current speed. Click on a moving train and a timetable for that train appears. The timetable includes an option to ‘follow’ the train. If you choose this option the map changes to a satellite view and zooms in on your chosen train. You can now follow the moving train from a ‘a bird's eye view’.

This option allows you to follow trains on some of the most attractive train lines in the world. For example if you search for train D 903 (or any train between D903 - D910) you can follow a train along the mountainous route of The Glacier Express from St. Moritz across the amazing Landwasser Viaduct and onto Zermatt.

Currently the map does not actually show the GPS-positions of trains but estimates position based on the Swiss train timetable. However the site owners promise that the actual real-time position of trains will soon be given, based on the delay-information from Prosurf.

Live Helsinki Transit Map
Dublin Commuter Trains


Map your Google Calendar, Twitter on Google Maps

Tony Hirst has been busy creating a way for us all to personally mash together our Twitter friends and Google Calendar with Google Maps! Check out these posts from his blog:

Geo Twitter - GeoCoding Your Tweets and Plotting Them on an Embeddable Map - Want to see where the Twitter folks you follow are posting about? In this post Tony explains how you can plot their tweets on a Yahoo! Pipes powered Google Map. He writes: "...Twittervision and Twittermap already offer geo-location tools, and an API for you to set your location. So here's my offering, a Yahoo Pipe that will have a go at geocoding locations declared in a tweet: Geo-Twitter Pipe." He also points to another pipe that will let you track where your Twitter friends are located: Geo-Twitter Friends.

More of Tony's Geo-Twitter posts and examples:
Displaying Google Calendar Events on a Map - In this very easy to follow and detailed post Tony explains how to create an embedded Google Calendar or Google Map with events plotted. He explains the easy steps you need to go through to use Yahoo! Pipes to obtain a KML feed URL that can then be fed into Google Maps. Code for the embeddable map are then easy to grab and post to your blog or website. Check out his post for full details and the example embedded map (full map here).. Brilliant! :)

More about Tony Hirst...

I asked Tony more about himself and how he came to be doing so much with Google Maps. He explains: "I'm a poorly paid lecturer at The Open University;-) - - but i spend way too much time tinkering with web apps (i figure someone should be trying to glue together all this crazy stuff that keeps appearing! ;-)"

Some of Tony's past Google Maps experiments:
Stay tuned to Tony's blog (OUseful Info) for (no doubt) much more Google Maps fun in the weeks and months ahead...

Friday, February 01, 2008

Plan your Super Bowl Weekend with Google Maps!

Super Bowl XLII on Google Maps:

Thousands have flocked to Phoenix, Arizona for the 42nd Super Bowl. Google Maps is a great source for what is happening and how to navigate the city of Phoenix this weekend thanks all the people that have created maps and KML content. To find the big parties, parking tips, hotels and condo rentals in Phoenix I've used a new feature on Google Maps that lets you narrow down your search to only user-created content. This lets you find Super Bowl related events and not the Super Bowl Bar & Grill (though I'm sure their party will be great!) or a streetname like "Super Bowl Drive". After completing my search of user-created maps here are a few of the maps that stand out:

Super Bowl XLII Venue Google Map

View Larger Map

Just because you're not in Phoenix doesn't mean there isn't a Super Bowl event happening in your city! Head to Google Maps, zoom into the area where you live and enter "Super Bowl" as a search (Restrict results to: User-created content) to find out what's happening. If you're planning an event be sure to create a map for your friends' taxi drivers, or the general public to find you!