The rapid increase in the number of mapping mashups and tools like Google Earth have obviously spawned greater interest in keeping track of our lives. GPS sales are up. And more people are geo-referencing their photos to maps every day. Since Google Earth Blog was started I’ve written about many different mapping tools, and web sites for displaying GPS tracks, photos, and other information. And, I normally just write about the ones which also have Google Earth support – so there are even more available than you see here. Here are a few recent examples of mapping tools which have come out:
- mtbguru.com – This free web site allows you to upload your GPS tracks and photos and will automatically georeference your photos to the tracks. They also have good output to Google Earth. See this example of a mountain biking adventure with photos (here is the mtbguru web map version). I’ve written a number of times about, and used, RoboGEO– a commercial product which has this same kind of capability. RoboGEO is a more robust and full-featured product, but for basic needs mtbguru will probably work just fine.
- wikiloc and EveryTrail – OgleEarth recently featured wikiloc– which recently won the Google Maps Mashup content, and EveryTrail – yet another web-based GPS mapping tool which allows you to show photos as well.
The interesting thing is that some of the web mapping tools are devoted to niche subjects. For example, some are devoted to just paragliding, mountain biking, flying, sailing, or hiking. Other tools take a more generic approach and allow you to finesse and customize all kinds of data for different visualizations (e.g. Magnalox). Here are a few examples of the mapping with GPS tools I’ve written about (in alphabetical order):