Links: GoogleMapsMania Timeline Map, Map Maker Thoughts

  • GoogleMapsMania Timeline Map – This isn’t a Google Earth map, but I thought I would mention this one anyway. Mike Pegg for three years wrote the fabulous GoogleMapsMania blog. He did such a great job, Google hired him, and he recently began working as the product marketing manager for the Google Maps API. Congratulations Mike! Today, he posted at the Google Lat Long about the 3 year anniversary of the Google Maps API. And, to celebrate, they’ve released a timeline map of GoogleMapsMania showing his posts over three years and the locations of the posts.

  • Map Maker Thoughts – Last week Google made available tools to help create map information to improve data in Google Earth and Maps in locations with hard to find data. The tools have already been used to greatly improve the data in India and Kenya (and possibly other locations). Now the tools are being made available to the masses to improve a select set of countries without good data sources. However, some folks in the open source culture have been less than enthusiastic. In particular, fans of OpenStreetMap have been vocal indicating Google is doing something bad because Google will “own” the data and not make it “free”. Googler Ed Parson responds with his own thoughts and why these tools are good. Personally, I think Google is doing a really good thing to help improve the data it makes available and make sure the locations without licensed data can still be mapped properly in their tools. They certainly aren’t doing anything that harms open source efforts.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


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    Richard K. Miner
    rkminer – at –
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