Thursday, June 26, 2008

Viewing Sports Stadiums on Google Maps

SportingSights (dead link removed)

SportingSights has a huge collection of geo-tagged sports stadium. The site seems to have collections for most major sports. Each stadium is shown on Google Maps but there is also the option to view the stadium in Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps and Multimap.


MapGameday is a website aimed at college football fans to help them share special places around their favourite school with other fans. Users are able to share their favourite hotels, restaurants and tailgate locations.

The site includes a number of Google Maps, such as the college football recruiting map and team travel maps. The team travel maps show the distance that College Football Teams travel for road games, both in and out of conference. Whilst the college recruiting map shows every division one school and their recruits.

MapGameDay also allows you to view the college football stadiums in 3D via the new Google Earth browser plug-in.

Golf Nation

Golf Nation has added Google Earth Browser plug-in views to their comprehensive list of golf courses. They have also added the option to embed any of the golf course maps in your own website or blog. Each course has all eighteen holes tagged and each tag contains information about the hole's par and length.


Google Earth Hacks and Google Earth Blog have teamed up to create a web site that allows people to share and view 3D locations using the Google Earth plugin. Combining Google Earth Blog's vast knowledge of Google Earth and the thousands of kml files in existence with Google Earth Hack's experience of creating Google Earth and Google Maps collections is an inspired idea. This site should prove to be very popular (dead link removed) is a new community-driven satellite image sightseeing project. Users can submit interesting views they have found on Google Maps. The site already has thousands of interesting satellite images from around the world, submitted, researched, and maintained by its users.

Again SatelliteSights is not devoted to just mapping sports stadium but it does include a big 'sports' section of satellite views.

You can find many other Sports related Google Maps Mashups in the right hand column of this page under 'Sport'.


Monday, June 23, 2008

Every US Military Base Identified on Google Maps

What kind of organisation would create a Google Map mash-up identifying the location of every Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine military installation in the US? A map moreover that allows users to zoom in on any military base and examine a detailed satellite image whilst at the same time providing information on the types of planes and squadrons based there.

Well the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), that's who., according to the U.S. Defense Department, "offers a centralized, credible website for civilian pilots and military safety officers. The site offers reciprocal information and education on airspace, visual identification, aircraft performance and mutual hazards to safe flight, with the ultimate goal of eliminating mid-air collisions and reducing close calls."

When the Pentagon forced Google to remove 'street view' imagery of US military bases last year who knew it was because they wanted to map every military base for the world themselves?


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Google Maps in Kenya Get Road Maps

Road maps have been added to Google Maps in Kenya. Network World has an interesting account of how Google worked with a team of seven students from three Kenyan universities to add roads to Google Maps in Kenya, which was previously limited to just four highways.

If you want to check which countries have roads, in which countries you can get driving directions or which countries have business listings on Google Maps you can use this handy spreadsheet. The spreadsheet shows details of Google Maps coverage for every country covered on Google Maps.

Via: Mapperz

In March Google Maps Mania reviewed an excellent Google Map of reported human rights abuses in Kenya called Ushahidi.


Monday, June 09, 2008

Finding Cheap Gas on Google Maps

Crude oil seems to record its biggest hike in price almost monthly and gas prices appear to hit record levels almost daily. I'm sure that Google Maps mashups that show the consumer where they can find the cheapest gas are bound to be popular at the moment.

GasPriceWatch is a website that will help you find the cheapest gas prices in your neighbourhood. You can search GasPriceWatch for US gas prices by using the zip code search or by specifying a street, city and state. The gas prices of local gas stations are then shown in a sidebar and tagged on the map.

Gas Prices are updated on the site by over 123,000 volunteers.

GasBuddy.comGasBuddy have a handy Google Maps mapplet that will allow you to search Google Maps for the cheapest gas prices. The cheapest stations are tagged on the map showing the price, address and time and date when the current price was updated
ALtFuelPrices is a Google Maps mashup showing alternative fuel prices and fill stations for the entire US. You can search the map by zip code or state. You can also refine your search by type of fuel, e.g. biodiesel or electric.

Results are returned on the map with handy price tags.
UK Readers can find the cheapest petrol in their neighbourhood at Search for prices by entering a postcode in a search box. Local petrol stations are then tagged on the map with prices in litres. You can even adjust / update the prices yourself if you know they are wrong.


WAPetrol is a Google Map mashup showing the cheapest places to buy petrol in Western Australia. The cheapest prices are given in a sidebar. Click on one of the petrol stations listed in the sidebar and it is highlighted on the map.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Tracks and Trails on Google Maps

If like me you need to lose a few pounds before hitting the beaches this summer your thoughts might be turning towards undertaking some exercise. So get out those walking boots and running shoes or dust down your bike and visit these wonderful Google Maps that allow users to share their favourite tracks and trails.

Runstoppable (dead link)

Runstoppable is a free service for runners that acts as a running log, route planner, and group communication tool. Users can draw a route on a Google Map and get mileage information and then share the created map with other runners.

Each tracked run comes with its own Google Map. An elevation graph is shown beneath each run. An excellent feature of this map is that if you place your mouse anywhere on the elevation graph that point is shown on the Google Map.

Trailino (dead link)

Trailino is a site for users to submit GPS tracks and routes. Each track is shown on Google Maps using the terrain layer and also comes with an altitude profile. Each route can be downloaded as a GPX, KML, Garmin PXC5, Garmin MapSource or as an OziExplorer file.

Trailspotting uses the Google Maps terrain view to serve up detailed hiking routes in Northern California and the Hawaiian islands. The site also provides a KML link for Google Earth of each hike and free GPS downloads.

GPSED (dead link removed)

GPSED allows you to record tracks of your trips anywhere on the Earth from your mobile device. Tracks are traced on Google Maps and stored in an online archive. All you need to start tracking is a mobile device with an internal or external GPS receiver.

Each map comes with a whole host of information on the tracked route, including the distance and estimated duration, the average altitude and a detailed description.

Buddyway (dead link removed)
Buddyway allows users to record trips and journeys via a GPS cell phone. Each trip gets its own Google Map with an accompanying elevation chart. Each trip also comes with detailed information concerning the trip length, the estimated trip time and the average speed.

Buddyway has implemented the new Google Earth plug-in so each route can now also be followed in 3D with the terrain feature of Google Earth.

Trailguru (dead link removed)
Trailguru have over 600,000km of trails mapped. The trails cover a wide variety of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, road biking and mountaineering.

Each trail comes with its own Google Map and elevation chart. The additional information provided with each trial covers distance, estimated duration and minimum and maximum elevations. All the trails can be downloaded.

Guidevtt is a Swiss site devoted to mountain bike trails. It was among the first Swiss internet applications to offer GPS tracks.

Each submitted trail comes with a description page, a statistics page, an energy calculator, a ready to print Google Map and an animated kml for 3D view in Google Earth.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

View the Milky Way on Google Maps

Spitzer Google Map
Two days ago, at the 212th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a new portrait of stars in our inner Milky Way galaxy made from over 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was released.

When I first saw the images on the internet I thought 'someone should make a Google Map of that portrait'. Well Caltech have - so now you can navigate and zoom into the image using Google Maps' familiar navigation tools.

If anything the Spitzer imagery is more astounding than the Hubble imagery used in Google Sky. At the moment the map is a little light on informative markers, but the makers say they will be adding more soon.


Visit Disney World on Google Maps

3D Disney World Tour (dead link removed)

Google have today added 3D models of Disney's parks in Orlando to Google Earth. The new 3D models are also accessible in Google Maps via the new Google Earth plug-in.

This 3D Disney World Tour links to many of the favourite attractions of the Disney resorts, such as Cinderalla Castle and Spaceship Earth. OK, it isn't as good as the real thing but this virtual tour through the new 3D buildings and rides is amazing none-the-less.

The attention to detail in the models is impressive and there are models not only of the rides and buildings but trees, statues and much, much more!

The Google Earth Blog has more detail on how to access the models in Google Earth and have even produced a fly-view video of the models in Google Earth.