"StreetEasy co-founder Sebastian Delmont (@sd) says that when Google told them last autumn that it intended to enforce pricing on its Maps API, the StreetEasy team looked about for more affordable options. Their experience was similar to others who have turned from proprietary systems to open data: It's work to get started, but ultimately you have more freedom to create and innovate."
How to use the Google Maps API and Google Refine to geocode and improve partial addresses in a dataset.
Interesting: Guardian local blog site for Leeds, with integrated MySociety and Openly Local functionality, plus Google Maps, local Delicious links and a Leeds-filtered panel for the Guardian's dating site.
Just stumbled across one of my old cuttings... Guess this type of local data project for London is now up for grabs...
"... newspapers and other classified ad providers … please meet your new neighbor: Google.com. Google has expanded its real estate listings and added extra search functionality for users to find property listings in Google Maps."
"This Google Map from the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) E-policing program shows up-to-date crime statistics for neighborhoods throughout LA."
"A Guardian project using Google Maps has revealed differences of up to £20,000 in neighbouring MPs' travel expenses. ... The MPs' travel expenses data was transformed into an easy-to-read Google Map by Tony Hirst, a lecturer at the Open University and Guardian reader. He picked up the figures from the paper's website as part of Data Store, the Guardian's unique experiment in allowing its readers access to key sets of data."
Justin Williams' map of independent local news sites in the UK.
Very nice use of Google Maps at the Bournemouth Echo, using it to illustrate where local Woolworths and MFI stores are located. Good to see maps used on a standard news story rather than a larger standalone feature.
"I have decided to take down the map. Many people have commented that the map does give a false impression of accuracy, despite my making this clear, and I'm tempted to agree. I do not want to single anybody out and by removing the accuracy from the map it is possible that it ends up incorrectly implying a property contains a BNP member. It has been suggested that an inaccurate map that doesn't make that clear is worse than publishing the list itself, and I think that's a reasonable comment."
Mike Butcher: "I speculated on Twitter this morning that a mashup which identified the actual locations of BNP members would be highly problematic, and possibly even subject to vigilante attack. ...."
Adrian Monck issues a challenge following the leak of the BNP membership data which touches on the ethics of geocoding sensitive datasets: "who’ll be first to mash up the data and produce a map of the membership? You ought to be able to do it without revealing personal details."
"[ITN] have created a news map that delivers news based on the user's location. The map uses the Google Gears Geolocation API to determine the user's location and then serves up news for that region."
Paul Carvill: "We have published our first article containing geolocation data! We introduced this feature in the US Elections blog pages to track our reporters as they travel with the presidential election campaigns. On those pages you can see a Google map with the points marked where our reporter wrote a blogpost. ... . We are using the GeoRSS Simple location encoding standard."