Sunday, January 29, 2012

Google Maps: Weekly Round-Up


Google was very busy last week, with the launch of Street View in South Korea and the release of fresh 45° imagery in 24 cities on Google Maps.

Google Hotel Finder also started experimenting with an isochrone layer that allows users to search for hotels within a defined travelling time of a location.

Elsewhere I was impressed with the use of Google Fusion Tables in Google Maps by two newspapers.


Both the Edmonton Journal and Global News released election related maps powered by Fusion Tables.

Both maps include selectable layers and a dynamic legend. If you want to know how to create a dynamic legend with Fusion Tables and Google Maps then you should dive into the code in this Fusion Tables API Example Map.


The New York World also produced an excellent Google Maps based visualisation of the Proposed New York Senate Districts.

This visualisation of the proposed rezoning works brilliantly in map form, not only because of the obvious geographic nature of creating new senate districts but because the map perfectly illustrates the disparity in the population sizes between the up-state and down-state proposed districts.
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