API News from Where 2.0

John Musser
May. 29 2007, 08:24PM EDT

With O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference in full swing this week there's been no shortage of online mapping-related news. Highlights range from the Google Maps with Street Views to the launch of the very cool GeoCommons from FortiousOne, the folks behind the GeoIQ API.

API related announcements include:

For more on Mapplets, here are some specifics from their site:

Mapplets enables third party developers to create mini applications that can be displayed on Google Maps, much like Google Gadgets are displayed on iGoogle. These Mapplets contain a variety of information, from housing listings to crime data, and tools like distance measurement. Users can select from a wide range of Google and third party Mapplets to display on the Map, essentially creating their own “mashup of mashups” directly on the Google Maps site, while still enjoying the built-in functionality of Google Maps, such as local search and driving directions. A number of our partners, including WeatherBug, Booking.com and Platial have already created Mapplets.

They have extended the Google Maps JavaScript API to support mapplets with developer API documents here. The Google team have also extended their Gadgets directory into this new Mapplets Directory.

John Musser

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