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Online maps, wiki style!

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

I have always loved Google maps and hated it at the same time. I believe that Google maps is the best thing that Google has brought out since its search engine.  However, the maps are starting to get old and out-dated.

After doing some recent research on Wikis, the concept of open collaboration on a map started to interest me. After a bit of looking around I found a few more up-to-date maps like nearmap – http://www.nearmap.com/. This is a fantastic site to look back over the past satellite pictures that they have taken. It also includes a really interesting tool, “Top finds” http://www.nearmap.com/community/topfinds.aspx#topfindslideshow. This is where the community shares interesting images they have found on the maps. These maps are more recent than Google maps, however this is still entirely controlled by the organisation.

I eventually came across Open Street Map – http://www.openstreetmap.org/. Its blurb is as follows:

OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you. OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

I think this is a fantastic idea, look at how far wikipedia has come! I have found some very detailed maps of places. One good example is Dreamworld. Who needs a park map when you have open street maps!?!?!

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