Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Google Maps of the Week

Recently we have seen all the buildings in the Netherlands mapped by age of construction. Now we have a live real-time map of all the buses in the Netherlands.

Ovzoeker is a Google Map that shows in real-time the position of buses belonging to a number of Dutch transit companies. The buses on the map are color-coded to indicate which transit company they belong to. If you click on any one of the thousands of buses moving on this map you can view where it is heading and how early or late it is running.

This isn't the first time we've seen a live real-time map of a country's whole transit network. In Switzerland you can view the whole Swiss rail network operating in real-time at SBB Network. In the US you can view all of the Amtrak network on the Amtrak Track a Train map.

This map of the Military Memorial Park in Pákozd, Hungary claims to be "the world's highest spatial resolution aerial orthophoto map produced by aeroplane". I don't know if that is true or not but I do like the map.

Aerial Record use the Google Maps API as a means of presenting the high resolution aerial imagery as a slippy interactive map. This means that users can zoom in and pan around the image as they would do a normal Google Map.

The aerial imagery itself really is of high resolution. If you zoom in on individuals on the map you can almost see the color of their eyes.

The image also contains a number of descriptive overlays. If you turn on 'descriptions' when you zoom in on features in the park you can find out more about them by reading the provided information.

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