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:
- MapQuest's new ActionScript API for Adobe Flex and Flash.
- Meta Lens API from National Geographic.
- Google Mapplets: Small embeddable widgets like Google Gadgets that can be dynamically integrated with Google Maps. Try it out on the mapplet preview page.
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.