Sunday, March 27, 2011

Google Maps Dons Its Sunday Best

How Manhattan’s Grid Grew

Here's one for the history buffs, from the New York Times. In 1811, John Randel created a proposed street grid of Manhattan. The New York Times has created this Google Map so that you can compare Randel's map to modern-day Manhattan.

The map also includes an 1836 map of the farms of Manhattan, a map of street openings since 1642 and historic census data. Each of the maps is supplemented by a transparency slider that allows you to view the modern map underneath.

There is nothing really revolutionary or new about this simple route creating app. However the app wins by concentrating on doing one thing and doing it very well.

Using the app you can quickly create a Google Map of any route and then share it with your friends or embed it in your own website. So, if you want to give directions to your business or home, or share the directions to your favourite restaurant then give a go.

London BusMapper

This Google Map is a great resource for London commuters.

With London BusMapper if click on your starting point and destination the app will show you which London buses you can take. All the different options are immediately displayed on the map and the locations of the bus-stops you need are clearly shown.

GLOBE at Night Webapp

The GLOBE at Night organisation would like you to help them gather data as part of their research into light pollution.

To take part in the research you simply need to check the night sky and see if you can identify the constellation Leo or Crux. To help you find the constellations GLOBE at Night have provided a Google Map to determine your location and present you with several magnitude charts of the night sky.


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