Monday, September 21, 2009

New Rival for Google Maps

Claire Murray Map of Edinburgh

It looks like Google has a new rival in the world of on-line mapping. Despite Google's billions, its huge space rockets and satellite department, its gargantuan fleet of street view cars and trikes and the dedicated help of the world's map makers it is unable to compete with one lone wee Scottish lassie.

Claire Murray is the creator of a hand drawn map and guide to Scotland's capital city, which you can buy for only $10. The guide includes: where to find the best breakfasts; real pubs; fancy cocktails; what to do on a rainy day; how to conquer Arthurs Seat and a hell of a lot more.

Now Claire has used the Google Maps API to present her hand drawn map of Edinburgh on-line. The map uses the Google Map controls so it is possible to zoom in on the lovely detail of Claire's map, for example the naked ladies next to the Blue Blazer.

Claire has definitely raised the bar here. Google will have to up their game if they wish to compete in the on-line mapping world. Well, at least in Edinburgh.

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