Rand McNally MapEngine

Rand McNally has announced the release of MapEngine, their new web service that will feature the company’s proprietary mapping database. MapEngine is aimed at businesses, and Rand McNally will offer a hosted service or a MapEngine Server API that will integrate the web service into customized applications. This marks the entry of one of the biggest traditional print map-making companies into the world of web mapping, so it will be interesting to see if it is successful.

Rand McNally MapEngine website

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Online mapping from the data gatherers’ perspective

I just finished an article on CNET.com by Elinor Mills that poses the all-important question – why are the route directions and locations often inaccurate. She posed this question to a TeleAtlas (a major data provider) executive, Michael Mitsock, and received this response – “It could be that the map is out of synch with reality.” I think I will have to try that the next time someone notes an error on one of my maps.

But seriously, it’s an interesting perspective from the viewpoint of one of the leading players in the market of providing geographic data for online mapping applications.

Check out the article here

Add yourself to the VerySpatial Frappr! community map

For a while now we have been taking advantage of gVisit to get an idea of where folks are visiting from (around the world) though I seem to have lost the link at some point, which I will have to remedy. Now we want you to step into the fray and help us follow through with this weeks podcast topic and map our community of readers and listeners. To this end we availed ourselves of Frappr to set up a map that you can add yourself to at http://www.frappr.com/veryspatial. Please take a moment to add yourself to the map and add a picture if you happen to have one (of yourself, of something you have created, of most anything that is in good taste really).
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Yahoo! Maps, Flash

I have to admit that I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to Yahoo! Maps lately but I don’t know when it went to Flash. Either way it looks nice. I have never been a great proponent for Flash maps, just because I wasn’t happy with the early interfaces, but the newer ones, such as Yahoo’s which gives an interface similar to those of Google Local and MSN VE, are making me rethink the flash interfaces.

Yahoo! Maps, Driving Directions, and Traffic

Trends blog does a roundup of 3D

I stumbled across the Trends blog (by R. Banks) while I doing some searches on 3D visualization, and found a nice roundup titled “3D. What is it Good for?”, which includes a number of technologies that we have also blogged. I explored some other categories, and found that while Trends seems to be a general tech blog, there are a number of other entries that are relevant to geospatial technologies, so I will try to keep up with this one.

Online mapping in China

Here’s a short article on online map resources available in China, from the English language online edition of the Shanghai Daily.

The 3D mapping features on Shanghai’s E-city government website were mentioned in the article, but I had a lot of trouble getting the English version page to load, so I will have to try again later I guess.

Still, it is interesting to see how online mapping is being incorporated into daily lives in different parts of the world.

Boston HyperMap Atlas with Google Maps API

We received the press release this morning for the Boston HyperMap Atlas from StrataVarious, Inc. which pairs Google Maps with the interactive HyperMap Atlas to link together the basic web mapping interface with an atlas that provides all kinds of information, from historic landmarks to government buildings, to hotels and shopping.

I checked the site out and it’s a pretty cool app. I especially like the historic map layer (since history is one of my specialties) Anyway, definitely check out this site.

StrataVarious, Inc. Boston HyperMap Atlas