Tuesday, November 14, 2006

British Mashups, Tools & Sites

Something is up at the Island.

I posted about the beta program of Ordnance Survey regarding their new map data access JavaScript API. This is still a closed program it seems. After researching a bit OpenGeodata is a good place to start if you are looking for more on it.

CNet published an article on it pointing out Steve Coast and his work at OpenStreeMap (OSM). The idea is to collect enough GPS track logs to build maps of whole districts. And at the current pace it will build up pretty fast.

Another very interesting project is Mapstraction, a layer that makes access to Google, Yahoo and Microsoft map data API's transparent for your code. The work was supported by Nestoria, a very interesting Real State tool for the U.K. housemarket. Check this demo of Mapstraction in use.

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